Lynette Rice
May 31, 2012 AT 04:19 PM EDT

The TV Academy found one (tiny) way to shorten the annual Emmy telecast: It has consolidated the acting categories in the longform competition.

Beginning in 2013, there will only be two categories for actors who appear in telefilms — Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie.  No more supporting actor races for all those men and women who co-star in HBO and  History Channel movies! To widen the playing field, the TV Academy will add a sixth nominee to each category.

The change should shave a few minutes off of the telecast, which often clocks in past three hours.



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