Writers and producers are protesting a decision by the Television Academy to allow an episode of NBC’s "Community" to compete for Emmys in animated categories for writing awards, reports EW.com’s Inside TV.
The 52 writers and producers who signed a letter to the TV Academy are arguing that it’s not fair that "Community" writers can submit their work in both traditional comedy and animation categories, according to the story.
Signers include Seth MacFarlane of "Family Guy" and Al Jean of "The Simpsons."
Animated writers have been told they can only submit episodes for animated writing categories, which are awarded during the Creative Arts ceremony instead of the major prime-time broadcast, the piece adds.
The "Community" episode in question is "Digital Estate Planning," which features the cast as animated 8-bit characters competing in a video game.
In a reply to the complaint, the TV Academy wrote: "’Community’ is a Comedy Series that for the last two years has included an animated ‘special episode.’ The competition includes a rule that a special episode can enter as a stand-alone special, ‘if it involved a significant and substantive format change throughout e.g. from whole-episode live action to whole-episode animation.’"
The show’s producers "followed that rule" when they entered the competition in the animation category, the letter said, according to the story.