New Emmy Voting System Gives Hope To The Underdog

This year’s Emmy’s might be a bit more interesting. In the past, the winners have been pretty predictable. Shows like ‘Frasier’, ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Will and Grace’ took all of big awards. And sure, those are great shows but there are certainly a lot of quality non-mainstream shows out there that go unrecognized by the academy. Not only are these shows not winning any Emmys, they’re not even getting nominated.

In the past, the critics have raved about ‘Gilmore Girls’ and many believe actress Lauren Graham should’ve been nominated for an Emmy by now. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences seems to have caught on to these past oversights and have attempted to rectify the situation by changing the voting process.

The new voting system will continue to allow academy members to cast their ballots for the nominees in the big award categories (best drama, best comedy, best lead actor/actress) then, rather than having the top five picks for each of the categories automatically put on the ballot, the academy will take the top 15 winners for each category and a panel will determine which five will make it to the ballot.

The new system should hopefully give shows like ‘Veronica Mars’, ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ and ‘Rescue Me’ a better chance at making it to the nominee pool this year.

What shows or actors do you hope to see get nominated for an Emmy this year?

Kelly West
Assistant Managing Editor

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.