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Smithereens in Emmy TV Movie Race After Netflix Petition – Variety

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“Black Mirror” is again within the Emmy TV film race. The second episode of the Netflix sequence’ fifth season, “Smithereens,” can be submitted within the TV film and film/mini classes this 12 months, insiders verify — probably retaining its Emmy streak going.

The submission may also deliver Emmy winner Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”) to the film/mini lead actor race, the place he’ll now be competing. Scott, Damson Idris and Topher Grace star in “Black Mirror: Smithereens,” about “a cab driver with an agenda who turns into the focal point on a day that quickly spirals uncontrolled.”

“Smithereens” clocks in at 70 minutes, which technically doesn’t make it eligible for the TV film race; as of final 12 months, the Emmy guidelines require a minimal 75-minute runtime. However Netflix efficiently petitioned the Tv Academy to permit the episode to be entered, because it was simply 5 minutes shy of the requirement.

In any other case, it wasn’t clear the place “Black Mirror” would have landed this 12 months within the Emmy competitors. Season 5 of “Black Mirror,” launched on June 5 final 12 months, contained simply three episodes. That put the anthology sequence in a troublesome spot: A minimal of six episodes should air inside the present eligibility 12 months to qualify as a drama sequence; restricted sequence are outlined as a program with two or extra episodes that inform a “full, non-recurring story”; after which there are the TV film guidelines — “an unique program, which tells a narrative with starting, center and finish, and is broadcast in a single half with a minimal working time of 75 minutes.”

Mockingly, the Academy adopted the 75-minute rule in December 2018, believed to be immediately on account of back-to-back wins by the Charlie Brooker anthology sequence. Particularly, after the present gained the Emmy for excellent tv film in each 2017 (“San Junipero”) and 2018 (“USS Callister”). “USS Callister” would have nonetheless been eligible, because it ran for 76 minutes, however “San Junipero” was solely 61 minutes lengthy.

In 2019, “Black Mirror” gained the TV film Emmy for a 3rd 12 months in a row, for “Bandersnatch,” which was certainly a standalone movie, clocking in at 90 minutes.

“Black Mirror: Smithereens” will enter a race that additionally contains particular standalone motion pictures of previous sequence, together with “Breaking Dangerous” (with Netflix’s “El Camino”), Amazon’s “Clear” (with its “Musicale Finale”) and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” film “Kimmy vs. the Reverend.”

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