The board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences reversed on Thursday a decision to consolidate the lead and supporting acting categories for movies and miniseries at the Emmys this year.
In a statement issued late on Thursday night, the board explained the reversal because of an "unanticipated resurgence" of miniseries and movies.
Here is the full statement:
In March, 2012, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Board of Governors voted to consolidate the Outstanding Lead and Supporting categories for both longform (miniseries and movies) actors and actresses, reducing the total number of categories from four to two. In the ensuing year, longform production has increased. Based on the unanticipated resurgence of television miniseries and movies, the Board voted tonight to reverse the consolidation, thereby reinstating the longform lead and supporting categories in the 65th Emmy® Awards competition. This year as last year, there will be separate longform categories for Outstanding Lead and Supporting, Actors and Actresses (four total categories).
The entry deadline for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards is Friday, May 3rd.