After the Emmys kicked up recent controversy for allowing TV shows to choose categories that only loosely fit, the Television Academy is straightening out the rules. A comedy is now defined as a series with episodes that run 30 minutes or less—meaning that hour-long shows like Orange Is the New Black must now compete as dramas. True Detective, on the other hand, is now banned from the drama category since it does not have a continuous, multi-season storyline. Instead, it is classified as a “limited series,” the category now replacing the miniseries race. Both the comedy and drama races will now allow seven entries instead of six.
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