Error on Emmys Ballot Forces TV Academy Into a Do-Over

Jun 13, 2019  •  Post A Comment

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is amending its ballots in the Emmys category for unstructured reality programs after an error found its way onto the form. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the name of the network behind the docuseries “The Employables” appears on the ballot, which is not allowed.

The entry, which can be seen by clicking on the link above to THR, begins “A&E’s groundbreaking docuseries ‘The Employables’ …”

“The names of networks are deliberately notlisted on Emmy ballots, at least in part out [of] a desire to discourage ‘bloc voting,’ wherein people vote for a show because of the network behind it — often their own employer — as opposed to the quality of the show itself,” THR reports, adding: “This was something that marred the early years of the Oscars, back when many members of the film community were ‘under contract’ to specific studios, and that remains a concern of the TV Academy, in light of the fact that many members of the TV community have longstanding relationships with specific networks.”

THR quotes a spokesperson for the TV Academy saying of the “Employables” error: “Indeed, this had been noted and the ballot is in the midst of being corrected.”


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