Kimmel Reveals Emmys Hosting Strategy, Says ‘Horror Story’ Is ‘Not a Miniseries’

by | July 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Emmys, Fall TV Preview 2012

Jimmy Kimmel (Photo: ABC)

The Emmys miniseries and movies category, which includes the ongoing series “American Horror Story,” “Luther” and “Sherlock,” came under fire from journalists at the Television Critics Association Press Tour Friday, as ABC presented a panel for the Emmy Awards telecast.

The Television Academy’s Chairman, Bruce Rosenblum, defended the decision to allow the dramas to compete in the less-competitive miniseries category, saying the Academy has an extensive vetting process that ensures all shows meet the proper qualifications for the category. The telecast’s host Jimmy Kimmel disagreed about the inclusion of “American Horror Story” saying, “I’m sorry but it’s not a miniseries. Let’s be honest.”

“I’m going to try to qualify as a miniseries next year,” he added. “I mean, it seems like a soft category.”

That was one of Kimmel’s many candid, hilarious observations. The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” late-night host admitted he harbored no ill will toward ABC for not picking him to host the show the last time the network carried the awards ceremony, but “I took a some satisfaction because you guys seemed to hate how the broadcast came out. I was able to look good by not doing anything at all. That’s my goal in life, by the way.”

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Of his Emmys hosting strategy, Kimmel says, “I operate under the presumption that no one has ever seen my show, so I go from that point of view… I understand that I’m there hosting the Emmys and it’s not some extension or expansion of my show, and I think what you’re asking … is that will Guillermo be there? No, he will not be invited.”

Kimmel attributes his encyclopedic knowledge of TV shows to his childhood. “I did not study in high school or college and that’s why I know so much about television.” Kimmel responded to a question about comedians who have been criticized for making inappropriate jokes: “I think Twitter has made it a lot easier to say something stupid in the middle of the night to the entire world. Really, Twitter should be taken away from us.”

Kimmel answered a query about why cable series received every nomination in the Best Drama category by saying, “I’ll give you two big reasons: nudity and profanity. If we could have more of that on network television, I think we’d win a lot more Emmys. I implore the FCC to act on this because I think we’re being handicapped… I would like to appear nude on my show.”

Rosenblum took the question seriously. “It’s hard to compare in some instances a cable show that might have a much higher budget, no commercial breaks, freedom to use whatever language they wish to use, but in the end, the body of voters, the 20,000 members of the television Academy, basically put all that aside and just vote for the work that they think is superior.”

He admitted that the Emmys need to evolve with the times, revealing that full length web series are already eligible for Emmy awards, and that the Academy has been in contact with Netflix and Amazon. As for miniseries, “It is a category that we watch carefully and it’s something that… the board of governors examines every year.” As for whether the Emmys should follow in the footsteps of the Oscars and expand the number of nominees in some categories, “When you look at the quality of the six dramas that were nominated this year, there were obviously several other dramas on television that were worthy of being in that category…. As you expand the number of original shows on television, our job is to recognize is great work. Whether we should expand the number of nominees in a category is something we should definitely look at.”