The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are combining two separate Emmy categories into one, the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog reports.
According to the article, ATAS said in a statement, "The number of entries in the miniseries category over the past six years has steadily declined and provided less than the requisite number needed for a full complement of five nominees. As a consequence, the Board of Governors has decided to consolidate the miniseries category with made-for-television movies."
The article adds, "Behind the merger decision are some tricky TV-industry politics. Broadcasters have complained for years that HBO’s splashy, movie-star-filled miniseries and movies have led it to dominate the Emmys, despite the fact that the premium cable outlet produces far fewer hours of original programming than a broadcast network. Broadcast executives were pressuring the TV academy to push the miniseries and made-for-TV categories out of the prime-time Emmys entirely — a controversial proposal because it would probably mean fewer big stars at the ceremony. Academy officials likely accepted the merger idea as a compromise, as they are currently wrangling with network bosses over a new telecast deal."