After three years in which TV movies and miniseries were lumped together in one ungainly category, the television academy believes there's enough programming to again warrant a separation. (The acting awards remain combo affairs, however.) Were they right? Let's take a look at these newly independent categories and, while we're at it, an early peek at the variety and reality races.
FOR THE RECORD
In the variety series category, the wrong show is listed for Jimmy Fallon. NBC says it is submitting "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” for possible nomination and not "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
"American Horror Story: Coven" (FX)
"The Hollow Crown" (PBS)
"The White Queen" (Starz)
Prime contenders: "Dancing on the Edge" (Starz), "Bonnie & Clyde" (Lifetime)
Analysis: With the War of the Roses-era "White Queen" and the jazz-driven "Dancing," Starz might find itself a big winner with two nominations. The spoiler could be "The Hollow Crown," PBS' "Great Performances" offering of "Richard II," "Henry IV" and "Henry V." It's a lot of Shakespeare — varied in presentation, uniform in its excellent quality, which, in any normal world, would be beyond reproach. But some voters might be a bit daunted at the prospect at viewing all this, though "Crown" is just the kind of high-minded project the Emmys should celebrate.
"The Normal Heart" (HBO)
"The Trip to Bountiful" (Lifetime)
"Sherlock: His Last Vow" (PBS)
"Return to Zero" (Lifetime)