Movies and mini-series will, once again, be in their own separate categories when it comes to Emmy nominations. It was only three years ago that this rule was put into place and now, it seems, the Emmys realized the two things are a bit different. This change came at the behest of a handful networks who felt shows like American Horror Story, who's classification as a mini-series was a tad strange to begin with, were getting snubbed. Really what this does will give mini-series' more awards and more nominations and, at least what networks hope for, more viewers. It doesn't help that the mini-series has seen somewhat of a revival on cable television which allows some networks the reasoning for putting more money and effort into one program.
This doesn't separate other award categories into movie and mini-series' however. Acting, writing, and directing will remain together. Also the number of nominees was increased from six to seven for outstanding drama and outstanding comedy television series.
The Emmys aren't exactly the premiere awards program it really wants to be. Especially now that television is changing and evolving in unforeseen ways. It's nice to see them trying to keep up and be nimble but perhaps a bigger overhaul is needed.