"Downton Abbey" could toughen the competition for best drama series at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards. It has just been reported that the period drama, which won Best Miniseries or Television Film kudo at 2012 Golden Globe Awards, will switch category from Outstanding Miniseries or Movie to Outstanding Drama Series at this year's Emmys.
"After starting out as a miniseries, 'Downton Abbey' caught fire and so now it moves over to drama series category as it plans for future TV seasons," TV academy awards chief John Leverence tells Gold Derby. "It follows the trajectory of previous shows like 'The Starter Wife' that started out as a miniseries and then became a regular series."
Should "Downton Abbey" enter the race for best drama series, it will likely face against AMC's critically acclaimed show "Mad Men", which has won the coveted prize four times in a row. Showtime's freshman "Homeland" is widely believed to join the competition this year, with other predicted contenders including "Breaking Bad" and "Boardwalk Empire".
"Downton Abbey", which recently wrapped its second season in the U.S., snatched multiple awards at last year's Emmys, including taking home the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Award.