Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor
It’s difficult to keep track of exactly what’s what in the outstanding made-for-TV movie/miniseries category, and this year offers a couple of prime examples.
Three of the six nominees this time–FX’s American Horror Story, PBS’ Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, and BBC America’s Luther–are hardly what one would call standard-issue longform contenders. Horror Story was a 12-parter that began with a pilot episode. Luther was the second season of a continuing series. And the Sherlock film was a movie-length episode of a series operating under the Masterpiece banner. Emmy rules were stretched a bit to allow all three to qualify in the movie/mini area, yet they fit the current criteria as limited-run projects that tell a single story with a beginning, middle and end that is resolved within the piece. READ MORE »
If there is an endangered species among programming categories on the Primetime Emmy telecast, it is clearly the now-combined miniseries/made-for-TV movie. With the four major broadcast networks almost completely out of the movie/mini business, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has investigated moves in recent years to downsize the time devoted to longform on the telecast, including shifting it to the less prestigious Creative Arts ceremony a week earlier or even spinning it off as its own separate cable show. Recently, the TV Academy announced it would eliminate the supporting actor and actress category for the 2013 ceremony, the start of a slippery slope as far as movies/minis are concerned. However, for the time being at least, the category is being celebrated at the Primetime Emmys, and nominees in the marquee Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category are a diverse bunch, bringing some big movie names on to the small screen. Here is how their chances stack up: Read More »
Minutes after NBC canceled freshman The Event on the unlucky Friday, May 13, the show’s creator Nick Wauters and executive producer Steve Stark told fans that there was a possibility for the sci-fi drama to continue elsewhere. That possibility … Read More »
3net, the joint-venture 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX, announced today that they have begun principal photography on The Civil War 3D (working title), set to debut on the network in the fall. The DirecTV-based network says the four-hour … Read More »
Hope for U.S. distribution of Joel Surnow’s 8-part miniseries The Kennedys is fast fading away. Showtime has just passed on the project, which was cancelled by its original network, History, on Friday. Showtime was considered The Kennedy‘s best shot for an airing on a traditional network in the U.S. … Read More »