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Will expansion of Emmy categories lessen the impact of TV’s biggest honour in the US?

While broadcast and cable networks in the US are launching Emmy Award campaigns, there has been some talk recently about whether or not the annual gala should expand to reflect this new golden era of TV.

An article in Variety this week cited the fact that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has expanded best picture nominees to 10 films in recent years. The story said that it might be beneficial for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to follow a similar path.

It’s no secret that TV is better than ever. Some even say it’s better than film if you look at the incredible comedies and dramas that have launched in recent years. On the drama side, there is Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Comedies are also flourishing with Modern Family, Hot in Cleveland, The Middle, New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, Louis C.K., Parks And Recreation, Mike & Molly and Glee. There are even some great shows that mix elements of both, such as Shameless, The Big C and Nurse Jackie, to name a few.

Variety argues that a new series category could help rejuvenate the annual competition. It certainly would enable more shows to be celebrated. They also point out that it could be a way to draw some more attention to critically acclaimed new shows that might still be trying to find an audience. As a fan of nearly all the shows listed above, I think it’s an option worth considering. What do you think? Are there any other great comedies and dramas from recent years that you would add to the list?