Game shows are going prime time — at least in terms of the Emmys.
Long honored during the Daytime Emmy Awards, honors for outstanding game show and outstanding game show host will henceforth be presented during the Prime Time Emmy Awards, according to a joint announcement Wednesday by the North Hollywood-based Television Academy and New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
According to a joint statement by the academies, the move is the result of an agreement to present more awards by genre, rather than based on the time of day shows are broadcast.
The switch will take effect beginning next year. Therefore, the eligibility category for the 2023 awards will be from Jan. 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023.
The award in the Outstanding Game Show category will be reserved for “programs with game elements that primarily take place in studio and involve mental challenges.” The Television Academy will also add a category of Outstanding Host for a Game Show, honoring the “master of ceremony host(s).”
To prevent any category confusion, the Television Academy’s existing category of Outstanding Competition Program will be renamed to Outstanding Reality Competition Program.