The great Emmy debate over a merged variety series category has been solved, at least for now: The Television Academy will announce on Friday that it has decided this year to maintain separate categories for variety talk series and variety sketch series after all.
The decision to keep the two categories, reversing course from a previous plan to merge them back together, came after intense lobbying from the late night shows, their producers and their PR representatives.
The Television Academy announced in December that it would once again award talk and sketch in the same variety category, which it had done until they were split into two fields 2015.
TV Academy Will Keep Emmys Talk and Sketch Categories Separate This Year, Reversing Rule Change (EXCLUSIVE) https://t.co/QvPOGBPc3h
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