Primetime Emmy Award

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Primetime Emmy Award
66th Primetime Emmy Awards
Emmy statuette.jpg
Awarded for Excellence in primetime television
Country United States
Presented by ATAS
First awarded 1949
Official website emmys.com
Television/Radio coverage
Network ABC (1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1993–94, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
CBS (1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
Fox (1987–92, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011)
NBC (1955–65, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)

The Primetime Emmy Award is an American accolade bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First given in 1949, the award was originally referred to as simply the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies were held in the 1970s, and the word "primetime" was added to distinguish between the two.

The Primetime Emmys generally air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are currently seen in rotation among the four major networks (CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox). Because of NBC's coverage of Sunday Night NFL Football beginning in September, when NBC has had the rotation in 2006, 2010 and 2014, the Emmys moved to late August for those years only.

Emmys are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), Grammy Awards (for music), and Tony Awards (for stage).[1][2]

Rules[edit]

Among the Primetime Emmy rules, a show must originally air on American television during the eligibility period between June 1 and May 31. In order to be considered a national primetime show, the program must air between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., and to at least 50 percent of the country.[3] A show that enters into the Primetime Emmys cannot also be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards or any other national Emmy competition. For shows in syndication, whose air times vary between media markets, they can either be entered in the Daytime or Primetime Emmys (provided they still reach the 50 percent national reach), but not in both.[3] For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmys if they normally air before 8 p.m (including the former "access hour" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.); otherwise, they are only eligible for the Primetime Emmys.[4]

Entries must be submitted by the end of April, even if a show is not scheduled to originally air until the following month when the eligibility period ends in May. Most award categories also require entries to include DVDs or tape masters of the show. For most series categories, any six episodes that originally aired during the eligibility period must be submitted (programs that were cancelled before airing their sixth episode are thus ineligible). For most individual achievement categories, only one episode is required to be submitted; if an episode is a two-parter, both parts may be included on the submitted DVD.[3]

Ballots to select the nominations are sent to Academy members in June. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories. All members can however vote for nominations in the best program categories. The final voting to determine the winners is held in August, and is done by judging panels. In June, the Academy solicits volunteers among its active members to serve on these panels. All active members may serve on the program panels; otherwise they are restricted to those categories within their own branch.[3]

Categories[edit]

Primetime Emmys are currently awarded in the following categories:

Creative Arts Primetime Emmys[edit]

The Creative Arts Emmy Award are awarded in the following categories (some of which separately recognize work based on whether a single-camera and multi-camera setup was used):

  • Commercial
  • Directing
    • Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
    • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Hairstyling
    • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single Camera Series
    • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special
    • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie
  • Interactive Media
    • Outstanding Interactive Program
    • Creative Achievement in Interactive Media
  • Lighting Design/Lighting Direction
    • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Series
    • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special
    • Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction – Lighting Consultant
  • Makeup
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or a Special (Non-Prosthetic)
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)
    • Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special (Prosthetic)
  • Sound Mixing
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming
  • Stunt Coordination
    • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or a Variety Program
    • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Miniseries or Movie
  • Technical Direction
    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
    • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special
  • Writing
    • Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
    • Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special

Retired categories[edit]

A number of awards have been retired throughout the years, including some that have been replaced by similar award categories in the Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, and other areas of recognition.

† Replaced by a similar category in the Sports Emmy Awards
‡ Replaced by a similar category in the Daytime Emmy Awards

Record wins and nominations[edit]

Most wins by a network[edit]

Most wins for a network in a single year
  • CBS (1974): 44
All time wins by network

Wins by series, miniseries or movie[edit]

Most wins for a television program
Most wins for a comedy series
Most wins for a drama series
Most wins for a series in its first season
Most wins for a series in a single season
Most wins for "Outstanding Comedy Series"
Most wins for "Outstanding Drama Series"
Most wins for a variety series
Most wins for an animated series
Most wins for a miniseries
Most wins for a made-for-television movie

Nominations by series, miniseries or movie[edit]


Most nominations by an actress[edit]

Most nominations by an actor[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Learning English | Emmy awards
  2. ^ Emmys For Dame Helen/The Sopranos - Reality TV | Photos | News | Galleries
  3. ^ a b c d "63rd Primetime Emmys Rules and Procedures". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ "39th Daytime Emmys Rules and Procedures". National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2012-03-02. Game Shows which air nationally between 2:00am and 8:00pm compete in the Daytime Emmy Awards contest. Game Shows initially broadcast in the standard definition of Primetime must enter the Primetime Emmy Awards contest 
  5. ^ Carr, David; Somaiya, Ravi. "Punching Above Its Weight, Upstart Netflix Pokes at HBO". NYTimes.com. New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Staff. "Best of the Decade: Emmy Winners". Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ amctv.com. "Mad Men Wins Fourth Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series - Mad Men - AMC". Blogs.amctv.com. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 

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