As chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences defends the decision to let 'AHS' compete as miniseries, Kimmel jokes, 'I'm going to try to qualify as a miniseries next year.'
Jimmy Kimmel has been appointed to tackle an important role as the host at the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, but it doesn't mean that he agrees with all decisions made by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Attending the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on Friday, July 27, the comedian expressed his disagreement with "American Horror Story" inclusion in miniseries category.
"It's not a miniseries - let's be honest," he told the press during the panel for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Also on hand for the panel, Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, quickly defended the board's decision to let the Ryan Murphy-created show compete as miniseries.
"We have a terrific process to vet these kinds of decisions, and our board of governors believed that the show clearly belonged in the miniseries category," Rosenblum argued. "We'll see how 'American Horror Story' plays out next season, but what was presented to the committee and the board of governors was persuasive enough to have them vote that the show qualified," he added, claiming that the field is being monitored "carefully."
Responding to Rosenblum's explanation, Kimmel joked, "I'm going to try to qualify as a miniseries next year. It seems like a soft category."
"AHS" is nominated alongside the likes of "Game Change", "Hatfields & McCoys" and "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" in the Miniseries or Movie category. Additionally, the stars Connie Britton and Jessica Lange are vying for Lead Actress and Supporting Actress respectively in Miniseries or a Movie.
The horror series, which recently cast "The Bourne Identity" actress Franka Potente as another patient of the asylum, will return for a second season on FX with a completely different set and storyline. "It's a completely different world and has nothing to do with season 1; there's not a mention of season 1," Murphy explained back in April. "The second season is set in a completely different time period."
Back to the TCA panel, Kimmel also talked about the concept for this year's Emmy ceremony, which will take place on September 23. "I'd like it to be jazzy from beginning to end," he shared. Executive producer Don Mischer chimed in, "We want to keep the show really fast-paced and really funny."
The "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host went on revealing that he planned to appear in most part of the show instead of disappearing backstage. "I'd like to be part of the show throughout," he said. "It would be nice to be able to comment on things as they're happening. Hopefully I'll be able to insert myself in the entirety of the broadcast."