Emmy changes benefit ‘Lost,’ ‘Party Down’

The 2 1/2-hour finale of “Lost” is now eligible for Emmy.Lost-Season-6-Poster

The board of governors at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences amended a rule Wednesday night that previously stated an episode of any series that runs more than double in length of an ordinary episode would not be eligible for consideration. “Lost” usually runs an hour, but in order to allow exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to fully flesh out the story of what happens to the island’s inhabitants, ABC allowed 150 minutes for the finale.

The move in lengthening the episode’s running time was also self-serving for the Alphabet, as it attempts dominate the night’s ratings and cash in on additional high-priced commercial time. A special two-hour “Lost” clip show will air from 7-9 p.m., while the finale won’t end until 11:30. At that point, latenight host Jimmy Kimmel — a huge fan of the drama — will invite a handful of cast and crew to discuss what just transpired.

The inclusion of the finale allows categories such as director, writer and all actors to be considered.
Also, in another rule change, the Academy has allowed now episodes aired after the June 1-May 31 eligibility period to be eligible as long as it airs on the Internet before its telecast.

Starz applied for an exemption and asked the Academy to amend the rule because the final episode of comedy series “Party Down” was scheduled to air June 25 — more than three weeks past the deadline — but the net wanted attention for guest star Jane Lynch. The series itself was already eligible because more than half the episodes aired before May 31.

With the new “hanging episodes” rule, Starz will now schedule a time to webcast the episode. The voting period for the primetime Emmys ends June 21.

In a final Emmy change, makeup achievements in nonfiction programming will now be eligible in the makeup for a single-camera series category; likewise hair achievements in nonfiction programs will now be eligible in the hair for a single-camera category.  Both categories’ prior rules limited eligibility to makeup or hair achievements in a single episode of a drama or comedy series.

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