Given that most kids under the age of 16 already think YouTube is a TV channel, it was only a matter of time before the folks handing out the awards for the best television programming got up to speed.
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The new or updated categories focus on short-form content, with reality, variety and comedy shows under 15 minutes all now being considered.
To be eligible to win each piece of content must have more than six episodes – and be good enough to get votes from the organization’s 18,000 members, obviously.
There are also now awards for the best actor and actress in a short comedy or drama.
But, just to make sure these young upstart ‘channels’ don’t get the idea that they’re about to replace TV, the expanded short-form categories will be presented as part of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which happens a week ahead of the main event.
The new criteria doesn’t mention anything about swearing so I’m rooting for these guys.
And for the love of god: please stop calling your children Michael.
➤ Television Academy Expands Short Form Categories and Increases Directing and Writing Nominees [Television Academy via Mashable]