The change means shows like Orange is the New Black, Shameless and Jane the Virgin will have to compete in the Drama category, against shows like Game of Thrones and The Good Wife. Shows such as Transparent and Nurse Jackie would still be eligible, even though they are more driven by drama.
But the move may mean Please Like Me has a better shot at snaring a nomination.
Another change sees Miniseries renamed as Limited Series, defined as “programs of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tell a complete, non-recurring story and do not have an ongoing storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.” This means anthology series such as True Detective and American Horror Story must compete alongside more traditional miniseries such as Olive Kitteridge, while short-run British dramas such as Downton Abbey, Sherlock and Luther will also have to compete as Dramas.
The Drama and Comedy categories has also increased, but only by the grand total of 1 each, to seven nominees.
Guest Actor categories will now exclude any actors that appear in more than 50 percent of a program’s episode.
Variety shows will now split into two different categories, outstanding talk variety and outstanding variety sketch — the latter presented in the Creative Arts ceremony.
Source: Hollywood Reporter