HBO's Luck Won't Be Counted As A Miniseries Among The Emmy Categories
Author: Kelly West
published: 2012-03-28 17:19:22
After drama series Downton Abbey won an Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries or Made for TV movie (despite not really being either), the category may appear, to some, to be a less challenging route to a nomination or win. At least, that's what it looks like, anyway. Why go up against the likes of Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire when thereís a category out there with far less competition? While there are still great miniseries being made, there arenít nearly as many as there are Emmy-worthy drama series.
Downton will compete for an Emmy nomination (and possibly a win) in the drama category this year, meanwhile FXís drama American Horror Story is being counted as a miniseries. Given the self-contained nature of the first season, with Season 2 featuring a (partially) new cast, new characters and a whole new story, I can sort of see the justification. Itís a technicality, for sure, and one that may actually give the series a shot at a nomination, if not a statue. Luck will have no such luck in that department.
According to Variety, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Luck will be submitted in the drama series category. According to the site, ďSome had speculated that "Luck" might be eligible to be a contender for miniseries because it ended up airing for only one season.Ē
Production on Luck was shut down after a third horse died on the set, effectively halting the series, which was amidst shooting its second season, permanently. But cancellation doesnít turn a TV series into a miniseries or made-for-TV movie, at least not according to the Academy. While it's unclear from Variety's article whether an inquiry was made by HBO or the producers of the series (just that "some have speculated..."), I think the Academy made the right call here. There are plenty of other one-season series that most certainly would have deserved a spot in the miniseries category otherwise.
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