Planned Changes to Emmys to Get More Study

Proposed Emmy Awards (search) changes that would streamline the ceremony and add an award for best new series need further scrutiny, the TV academy's board of governors said.

The revisions, including moving some awards out of the annual ceremony on network TV, should be discussed further with academy members, board members decided Wednesday.

Enacting the changes would cut the number of honors given from 27 to 21 and make room for more creativity in the typically three-hour show, academy spokeswoman Pam Ruben Golum (search) said Thursday.

Writing, directing and supporting acting awards for movies and miniseries are among the categories that could be removed, along with some honors for variety, music and comedy shows.

Under the proposal, the awards would be given at the creative arts ceremony for technical achievement. Conversely, the award for best reality series would be included in the main ceremony.

The academy wants to balance its goal of honoring TV excellence with staging a viewer-friendly show, Golum said. Any or all of the changes could be approved, she said, with a decision likely within a month.

Also under consideration is restoring the best new series category, last included in the 1973 ceremony when journalist Alistair Cooke's "America" documentary series was honored.

Changes have to be accepted by industry guilds and by the four major networks that air the ceremony on a rotating basis. The 57th Emmy Awards is set for Sept. 18 on CBS, with the creative arts ceremony to be held Sept. 11.

The Emmys last year sank to their second-lowest ratings ever.