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The decision by the Emmys to allow Community a nomination in the animated series category two years in a row after just one applicable episode a season is being met with protest from animated series showrunners and writers, according to EW. Amongst those protesting are big names in animation like The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, and Futurama showrunner David X. Cohen - along with many others.
In a letter sent to the Television Academy, the 52 writers and producers expressed their belief that it isn't fair for Community to be allowed to submit to both the traditional comedy and animation categories, while they themselves, as animated series writers, aren't allowed to do the same. Additionally, the awards for animated series categories are handed out at the Creative Arts ceremony as opposed to the televised broadcast of the Emmys.
From the protest letter:
To Whom It May Concern:
We the undersigned animation showrunners and writers desire to address what we have regarded as a pernicious and unfair ruling by the Academy for the past 20 years, which we believe now, more than ever, should be redressed.
We have been told that animated program writers could not also submit their work for writing Emmys, for reasons we never understood, but supposedly pertaining to the purity of the branches.
This is why no one was more startled than we when last year “Community” was able to submit for comedy series, writing, and animated program, in the face of everything we had been told for two decades. We were told that for some reason, a one-time waiver was granted.
Imagine our surprise when this year we see “Community” once again eligible for comedy series, writing, animated program, and short-form animated program. This letter is in no way intended to be a slight on the terrific show “Community” but a request from us to enjoy the very same rights they now do. Clearly the Academy’s ban on submitting in multiple categories is being enforced in an arbitrary and unfair manner. We therefore request that we also be able to submit our programs for both animation and comedy series as well as in the writing category.
The Television Academy did reply to the letter, stating that "Community is a Comedy Series that for the last two years has included an animated 'special episode.' The competition includes a rule that a special episode can enter as a stand-alone special, 'if it involved a significant and substantive format change throughout e.g. from whole-episode live action to whole-episode animation.'" The series, they say, follows this rule.
Do you think Community should be allows to submit to all of the categories, or are the rules being bent? Sound off in the comments.