The TV Academy found one (tiny) way to shorten the annual Emmy telecast: It has consolidated the acting categories in the longform competition.
Beginning in 2013, there will only be two categories for actors who appear in telefilms – Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. No more supporting actor races for all those men and women who co-star in HBO and History Channel movies! To widen the playing field, the TV Academy will add a sixth nominee to each category.
The change should shave a few minutes off of the telecast, which often clocks in past three hours.