By Adam B. Vary
Updated May 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

For the first time, directors and writers for regular comedy series like The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live will compete in separate Emmy categories from those for one-time TV specials like the Academy Awards, reports Variety. Traditionally, writers and directors had been grouped together in general “Variety, Music or Comedy Program” categories.

To avoid overwhelming the prime-time Emmy Awards with more prizes, the announcements for the newly split Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Special categories will alternate between the main telecast and the un-aired Creative Arts ceremony. Meanwhile, in March, the Television Academy cut the “individual performance” category from all Variety, Music or Comedy programs — instead, nominees for Best VMC Series and Best VMC Special will include the respective programs’ hosts along with the producers.