While the TV longform genre seems to be having a renaissance with such programs as PBS’ Downton Abbey and Sherlock and History’s blockbuster mini Hatfields & McCoys, the movie/miniseries Emmy field continues to shrink. Following last year’s decision by the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to merge the best TV movie and best mini-series categories into one, now TV Academy’s Board of Governors has voted to consolidate the longform performers categories beginning with the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. Instead of having separate lead and supporting acting categories, now there will be only one each for male and female actors: Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. They will feature six nominees each, one more than the five nominees both the lead and supporting categories had. That’s in line with the six nomination slots in the series acting categories.
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