In an appearance at the TV critics press tour, Seth Meyers joked that he tried to submit his late-night NBC talk show for Emmy consideration in the miniseries category, but "we were totally shut down."
It was a sly reference to the somewhat dubious practice of category-shopping that went on during the Emmy nomination process. The Television Academy has been the target of criticism for allowing shows like "True Detective" (best drama), "Orange Is the New Black" (best comedy) and "Treme" (miniseries) to jump into categories that some consider a stretch.
During a panel here to promote the Aug. 25 Emmy Awards telecast, Television Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum was repeatedly grilled by critics about the seemingly lax nomination process, as well as this years snubs, which included Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black."
Asked if the rules should be defined more rigidly, he said, "it's certainly something we should take a look at." He also said he is open to expanding the drama and comedy categories to allow for more nominees at a time when the general belief is that a prodigious amount of quality television is being produced.
"There's far more terrific programming on television now than there was five years ago," he said, pointing out that there were 40 percent more dramas and 60 percent more comedies submitted for consideration this year.
As for the show itself, Meyer promises that it will have a lighter tone than last year's telecast, which was knocked by some for being too "morbid," thanks to an excessive amount of in-memoriam sequences.
"We want it to feel like a celebration of a year in TV," said Meyers, insisting the show will be "upbeat and fun."
Still, Meyers knows he can do only so much as host.
"I'm limited by the fact that I can't sing or dance, so I have to tell jokes," he says.