The Television Academy has announced recently, that it will no longer consider extended series’ seasons such as FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse, USA’s The Sinner and Netflix’s American Vandal, as competition in the Limited Series category for this year’s upcoming Emmy awards season. The re-categorization will only be effective for the 71st Emmy Awards competition.
The decision follows on the heels of surrounding controversy, considering a previous call for series like American Horror Story to be considered in more prominent categories due to multiple seasons often featuring the same cast members throughout different anthologies.
The first installment of HBO’s Big Little Lies, is also cited as another series that should be allowed to compete outside the Limited Series category as well. A contrast in comparison with the cable network’s decision to submit the first season of True Detective for the Drama Series competition.
As of now, the aforementioned series will be re-categorized in either the Drama Series or Comedy Series showcase based on their respective continuous story lines that involve characters and actors from previous seasons reprising their roles.
AHS: Apocalypse features the return of the same crew of witches (Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, etc) from Coven, as they battle the Antichrist (Cody Fern) from Murder House, in an attempt to thwart the impending apocalypse. This will also be the first time in American Horror Story’s eight years on the air, that it has been ruled ineligible for the Limited Series category.
Meanwhile, the two seasons of The Sinner featured Bill Pullman’s Detective Harry Ambrose during each one. American Vandal, also followed different stories with different supporting cast members during each season, but ultimately followed the same main characters, Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck).
Deadline originally reported this story.