Marvel will pitch Loki as a drama series at the Emmys

Tom Hiddleston, presumably explaining that Loki is a limited series

Tom Hiddleston, presumably explaining that Loki is a limited series
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images for Disney)

For too long, the limited series category at the Emmys has been an affront to people who like clear and honest delineations in awards shows. Qualifying for such an Emmy has, for the past two decades, consisted of anthology series and shows that have yet to announce a second season.

Well, Disney says no more (or something like that). In fact, they shot themselves in the foot with some early hype from Loki season two. By VarietyDisney plans to submit Loki as a drama series, not a limited series, for next year’s Emmys. Apparently, the company missed its chance to commit category fraud by pasting “Loki will return in Season 2” in one of its post-credits stingers. Whoopie doodles.

The Emmys limited series category is complicated. For example, two weeks after HBO big little lies received a slew of Emmy nominations as a limited series, HBO decided that maybe they should do a second season of their hugely popular series. What a coincidence. Meanwhile, FX has submitted the first three seasons of Fargo, an anthology series, limited edition. The same is true for American crime historywho won twice.

“The program must tell a complete, non-recurring story, and not have an ongoing storyline or main characters in subsequent seasons,” reads the Television Academy rules and regulations. This means that even if American crime history it’s all set in the same US in the same decade, they’re technically different shows because David Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian never appeared Accused, the good thing is. Either way, it’s not a very good system.

Point is. Networks have used the category as a way to sneak in some Emmy wins without having to compete with the network’s other shows. HBO does not want big little lies in competition against Westworld– even though HBO pushed Westworld in the realm of limited series after the show lost to The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017. The following two seasons were submitted as a limited series.

Still, if these networks are trying to get a few votes, they should at least be forced to put their multi-million dollar franchise investment against Succession. Or, at the very least, the Emmys should change the name of the category. To clarify: Angels in America was a limited series; John Adams was a limited series; the fourth season of Fargo is the fourth season of a long-running television series.