Primetime Emmy Award

Last updated on 11 November 2017

The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First given out in 1949, the award was originally referred to as simply the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremony was held in 1974 and the word "prime time" was added to distinguish between the two.

The Primetime Emmy Awards 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 (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC). The ceremony is typically moved to late-August if it is broadcast by NBC (such as in 2006, 2010, and 2014), so that it does not conflict with NBC's commitment to broadcasting Sunday-night NFL games (due to another conflict, this time with the MTV Video Music Awards, the 2014 ceremony was also shifted to a Monday).[1]

They are considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (film), Grammy Awards (music), and Tony Awards (stage). The awards are divided into three categories: Primetime Emmy Awards, Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards.

Primetime Emmy Award
69th Primetime Emmy Awards
Awarded for Excellence in primetime television
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded January 25, 1949 (1949-01-25)
Website emmys.com
Television/radio coverage
Network ABC (1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1993–94, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
CBS (1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2021)
Fox (1987–92, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
NBC (1955–65, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018)

Rules

Among the Primetime Emmy Award 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 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., and to at least 50 percent of the country. A show that enters into the Primetime Emmy Awards 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 Emmy Awards (provided they still reach the 50 percent national reach), but not in both. For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards if they normally air before 8 p.m (including the former "access hour" from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.); otherwise, they are only eligible for the Primetime Emmy Awards. For web television programs, they must be available for downloading or streaming to more than 50 percent of the country, and like shows in syndication they can only enter in one of the national Emmy competitions.

Shows that are offered for pre-sale to consumers, whether on home video devices or via the Web, are ineligible if the pre-sale period starts more than 7 days before the show's initial airing. Also, a show that receives what the Academy calls a "general theatrical release" before its first airing (either via television or the Internet) is ineligible. The definition of this phrase excludes limited releases for the specific purpose of award qualification, such as screenings at film festivals or the one-week releases in Los Angeles (and, for documentaries, New York City as well) required for Oscar eligibility.[2]

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.

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.

Categories

Primetime Emmy Awards

The Primetime Emmy Award is awarded in the following categories:

Programs
Directing
Writing
Acting
Lead Actor
Lead Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress

Creative Arts Emmy Awards

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

Programs
Acting
Animation
Casting
Children
Choreography
Cinematography
Commercial
Costumes
Directing
Hairstyling
Hosting
Interactive Media
Lighting Design / Lighting Direction
Main Title Design
Makeup
Music
Picture Editing
Production Design
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing
Special and Visual Effects
Stunt Coordination
Technical Direction
Writing

Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards

The Engineering Emmy Award is given specifically for outstanding achievement in engineering. It is presented to an individual, company or organization for engineering developments so significant an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television. The award, which is Television's highest engineering honor, is determined by a jury of highly qualified, experienced engineers in the television industry.

  • Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development (Primetime Emmy Statuette)
  • Engineering Plaque
  • Engineering Certificate

Retired categories

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

  • Best Live Show
  • Best New Program
  • Program of the Year
  • Best Kinescope Show
  • Best Sports Coverage
  • Best Western Series (1958–59)
  • Outstanding Sports Personality
  • Outstanding Live Sports Special
  • Most Outstanding Live Personality
  • Most Outstanding Kinescoped Personality
  • Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality, or Reality-Competition Program
  • Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program
  • Outstanding Program Achievement in Daytime Drama
  • Outstanding Program Achievement by Individuals in Daytime Drama
  • Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
† Replaced by a similar category in the Sports Emmy Awards
‡ Replaced by a similar category in the Daytime Emmy Awards

Records

Overall wins by a performer, program, etc.

Most wins by a series in a single season
Most wins by a network in a single year
Most wins by a Television Program
Most wins by a Comedy Series
Most wins by a Drama Series
Most wins by a Limited Series
Most wins by a single episode
Most wins by a Television Movie
Most wins by an Animated Program
Most wins by a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
Most wins by a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
Most wins by a Reality-Competition Program
Most wins for acting in a Comedy Series
Most wins for acting in a Drama Series
Most wins for acting in a Limited Series
Most wins for acting in a Television Movie
Most wins by an online-streaming original program
Most wins by an Animated Program in a single year
Most wins by a performer for the same role in the same series
Most wins for Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program
Most wins for Outstanding Drama Series
Most wins for Outstanding Comedy Series
Most wins for Outstanding Animated Program
  • The Simpsons – 10 (1990–1991, 1995, 1997–1998, 2000–2001, 2003, 2006, 2008) [3]
Most wins by a program, in a single season, in the seven major categories (series, directing, writing, acting x4)
Most wins for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
Most wins for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
Most wins for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Most wins for Outstanding Individual Performance
Most wins by a Comedy Series in its final season
Most wins by a Comedy Series in its first season
Most wins by a Drama Series in its final season
Most wins by a Drama Series in its first season
Most wins by an individual in a single year
Most wins by a series in its first season
Most wins by a writer/producer
Most wins by an individual
Most wins by a performer
Most wins by a network

Overall nominations for a performer, program, etc.

Most nominations for a network in a single year
Most nominations for a Television Program
Most nominations for a Comedy Series
Most nominations for a Drama Series
Most nominations for a Limited Series
Most nominations for a Television Movie
Most nominations for an Animated Program
Most nominations for a Reality-Competition Program
Most nominations for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
Most nominations for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
Most nominations for Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program
Most nominations for a Comedy Series in its final season
Most nominations for a Comedy Series in its first season
Most nominations for a Drama Series in its final season
Most nominations for a Drama Series in its first season
Most nominations for an individual in a single year
Most nominations for an individual
Most nominations for Outstanding Drama Series
Most nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series
Most nominations for Outstanding Animated Program
Most nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance
Most nominations for an online-streaming original program
Most nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
Most nominations for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
Most nominations for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special
Most nominations for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series in a single year
Most nominations for a Reality-Competition Program in a single year
Most nominations for a series without a win in a single year
Most nominations for an Animated Program in a single year
Most nominations for acting in a series in a single year
Most nominations for a Comedy Series in a single year
Most nominations for a Drama Series in a single year
Most nominations for acting in a Television Movie
Most nominations for acting in a Limited Series

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b The fifth and final season of Breaking Bad was split into two parts. They are both considered the final season.

References

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