Emmys: Television Academy Ending Hanging Episode Rule

Beginning with the 2023 Emmys, shows must premiere a certain number of episodes to the public before the May 31 deadline.

After a marathon few months of last-minute shows competing for awards attention, the Television Academy has announced a tighter window for Emmys eligibility for next year.

On Wednesday, the organization announced that the Board of Governors had approved a decision to abolish the Hanging Episode Rule. The rule, which is still in effect for potential 2022 Emmy nominees, allowed series to premiere episodes even after the May 31 eligibility deadline, as long as the most recent episodes before that May deadline were published on a platform and viewable by Academy members to the general public prior to the start of the nomination round voting on April 16.

The new rules, which take effect in the next eligibility year (June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023), require that a certain number of episodes have already aired for a series to be considered. (Six episodes are required for series in the animation, comedy, drama, variety, short form and reality categories. Three episodes are required for documentary series and moderated non-fiction).

For the most part, any major series contender already follows the rules by having released six or more episodes. However, different rules now apply to limited series, with TV Academy now requiring all episodes to premiere nationwide before May 31. Otherwise, the entire series would be considered for subsequent Emmy competition.

Had that impacted this year’s nominees, shows like “Under The Banner of Heaven” and “The Staircase” would not have qualified for this year’s Emmys because their full seasons have not yet ended.

For more information on the new eligibility rules for series and limited/anthological series beginning with the 2023 Emmy competition, please see below:

series

The required number of episodes of a series must premiere nationally by May 31 to be eligible for the current Emmy competition. (Six episodes are required for series in the animation, comedy, drama, variety, short form and reality categories. Three episodes are required for documentary series and moderated non-fiction).

If a series premieres within the current Emmy eligibility year but does not have the requisite number of nationally premiered episodes to qualify for its category, the series would be eligible for subsequent Emmy competition along with individual achievements.
If a series qualifies in the current year of eligibility but additional episodes from the current season premiere after May 31, those episodes will receive Emmy eligibility with the subsequent season of the series.

If the series does not return in subsequent Emmy competition, those episodes would be eligible as individual “orphan” episodes in certain individual performance categories. Submission for a complete work (including series and drama categories) would not be eligible under the “orphan” episode rule.

Limited/anthology series

All episodes/parts of a limited/anthology series must premiere nationally by May 31 to be eligible for the current Emmy competition.

If all episodes/parts do not premiere within the current funding year, the complete limited series along with individual achievements would become eligible for subsequent Emmy competition.

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Lindsay Lowe

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