Daytime Emmys

Big Changes Coming to the Daytime Emmy Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy have announced plans to realign the Daytime Emmys and Primetime Emmy Awards. Moving forward, the competitions will be organized solely by content genre as opposed to the current method, which separates programs based on when they air during the day. This comes on the heels of last year’s decision to separate the Children’s and Family Emmys into their own separate ceremony.

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“NATAS and the Television Academy each pride ourselves on celebrating and honoring the best television has to offer, and with the evolution of our industry, it was critical to update our competitions to meet current trends in both content and viewing habits,” said Adam Sharp, President and CEO, NATAS. “These changes will allow each Academy to honor an undivided scope of achievement in our respective fields of television excellence.”

“The realignment of these Emmy competitions represents the most significant collaboration between the Television Academy and NATAS since the two became separate entities in 1977,” said Maury McIntyre, President and COO, Television Academy. “We’re proud to be responsive to the needs of the creative community and the evolution of our industry, ensuring the Emmy Award remains the preeminent mark of excellence across all genres of television.”

The Daytime Emmys have been making changes the past few years, including merging Younger Actress and Younger Actor into a single Younger Performer category.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Daytime Drama categories will remain in the Daytime Emmy Awards competition and be redefined to include “any multi-camera, weekday daily serial, spin-off, or reboot.” However, the Limited Drama categories — which includes streaming soaps like THE BAY and STUDIO CITY — will transition to the primetime competition.

The division of categories will become clearer once the call for entries for the Daytime Emmy Awards comes around in January 2022, so keep checking back at SoapsInDepth.com for further updates as we prepare for next year’s Daytime Emmys!

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