The TV series ‘The White Lotus’ has been disqualified from the limited series category for the Emmys and will now be considered for the drama category instead.

“The White Lotus” will not be competing in the limited series category at the 2023 Emmy Awards, as the TV Academy has made the decision to disqualify the show from this category. Instead, the series will now be eligible to compete in the drama category,

The Limited Series category has undergone several name changes since the 1970s, including Outstanding Drama/Comedy – Limited Episodes, Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Miniseries, and Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special and Miniseries, before finally settling on its current name a few years ago. The intention behind the category has generally been to distinguish shows with intentionally shorter runs from longer-running TV dramas, as well as to give shorter-run British shows a chance to win awards in the American market. However, in practice, the category has often led to confusion and semantic games, which networks have been known to exploit to their advantage.

The first season of the show starred Jennifer Coolidge, Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, and Sydney Sweeney, and it won 10 Emmy Awards. In the second season, Jennifer Coolidge reprised her role from the first season, and new cast members were added, including Aubrey Plaza, Meghann Fahy, Theo James, and Michael Imperioli.

The Television Academy established a definition for limited or anthology series in 2021, stating that the story must be concluded within the season and no ongoing storylines are permitted.

Despite Jennifer Coolidge’s character being the only one returning for the second season, the Television Academy determined that “the reappearance in a subsequent ‘season’ of one character from a large ensemble does not prohibit eligibility based on Academy’s main criteria for limited series.” In the previous awards ceremony, Jennifer Coolidge and Murray Bartlett won solo acting Emmys, and the show created by Mike White won the best limited/anthology series award.

There has been a change in the show’s eligibility category, as “The White Lotus” has been renewed for a third season, which Tanya will not be part of. Despite this, the Television Academy has decided that the show must move to a new category. At both the SAG Awards and the Critics Choice Awards, the show was classified under the drama category, and at the Critics Choice Awards, Jennifer Coolidge won awards for both seasons. The show was still considered a limited series for both seasons at the Golden Globes.

The drama category is expected to be highly competitive, with prominent shows like the previous winner, and also another HBO series, “Succession,” is included. Other top contenders in the 2023 race are likely to be “Better Call Saul,” “Yellowjackets,” “Andor,” “The Mandalorian,” and “The Crown,” as well as other HBO shows such as “The Last of Us” and “House of the Dragon.”

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