The Emmys move “The White Lotus” from limited series to drama categories

The TV Academy has not extended its decision to keep the HBO hit “The White Lotus” in the Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series competition.

The HBO hit “The White Lotus” says arrival date a year after winning every major award, it landed in the Emmys’ Limited Series category.

Species first reported the news that the Mike White-led show, which won an Emmy last year for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, is now moving into the drama category for a second season set in Sicily.

The question of the classification of “The White Lotus” — which was part comedy, part drama, part murder mystery, now decided to be set in a different location each season — was raised last year. Since 2019, the TV Academy has made decisions that have prevented shows that repeat ongoing storylines, characters, and characters from previous seasons from competing in the Limited or Anthology Series categories, displacing previous contenders such as “American Horror Story” Story” and “The Guilty.” When season 2 of “The White Lotus,” starring Jennifer Coolidge as the eccentric heiress Tanya McQuoid, was announced, the TV Academy decided that in this particular case, “in a subsequent “season” again a character from a large ensemble appears. does not disqualify eligibility under the Academy’s main criteria for limited series.”

Season 2 of “The White Lotus” was also a conundrum for guild award nominations: the Directors Guild of America nominated it for a comedy and the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series this year. .

IndieWire reached out to representatives from the TV Academy for more information on why “The White Lotus” doesn’t qualify this time around, especially since the show hasn’t announced that it will bring any characters back for Season 3, more in line with there is, according to the rules of the organization, it is considered a limited series. He would race in the limited series again that season.

The shift to the drama categories means HBO likely has four main contenders for the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. Current winner “Succession” will premiere its fourth season on March 26, just in time for the Emmys. The network also has “House of the Dragon,” a prequel to four-time Outstanding Drama Series winner “Game of Thrones,” and its currently airing apocalypse drama “The Last of Us,” from Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series winner Craig Mazin . (“Chernobyl”).

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