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TV Academy Approves Changes to Emmy Awards

Apr 6, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences approved changes to this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, which will forego spontaneous speeches in a number of categories for pre-taped acceptance statements.

On Tuesday the board of governors passed a resolution stating no categories would be removed from the prime-time telecast, but to keep the show running on time a number of categories would no longer include winners walking up to the stage and giving acceptance speeches. Instead, time would be saved by taping the winners’ speeches before the telecast.

Categories affected by the resolution include all best writing and directing awards, best made-for-television movie and TV miniseries awards and the best variety, music or comedy series award. The best supporting actor and actress in a miniseries or movie categories will be subject to overall time considerations. In addition, the academy said nonaward elements to the show may be cut back or eliminated based on discussions among this year’s presenting network CBS, the television academy and the executive producer, who is yet to be named.

The change comes out of a board retreat held in late 2004 that aimed to streamline the show. Two committees were appointed to come up with recommendations, which eventually became part of the approved resolutions.