By James Hibberd
February 24, 2011 at 08:48 PM EST

Image Credit: Van Redin/HBO; David James/HBOThe Academy of TV Arts & Sciences won another victory in the battle to keep audiences awake during the Emmys. The best TV movie category and the best miniseries category will now be merged into a single category (somewhere, an HBO executive makes a mental note that he’ll need one less shelf in his office). The merged category will also be increased from five to six nomination slots. The decision means one less longform category in the primetime telecast. The number of entries in these categories have steadily declined in recent years as networks moved away from producing longform titles (except, of course, Syfy’s beloved Saturday night creature features; for some reason titles like Sharktopus keep being denied their rightful Emmy honors).

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