K-Dramas cannot win an Emmy – with the exception of this 1 exception

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The 2021 Emmy Awards recognize some of the most discussed TV shows of the year. The Emmys cover everything from lead actors and supporting roles, costumes and standout series of different genres. There are established rules and guidelines that determine what is eligible for appointment. The Emmy Awards are looking at the creative timeline for screen work to follow. There is another rule that limits the eligibility of a particular series. The Emmy Awards’ foreign-language content rule makes it difficult to include K-dramas, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility for fans to see a drama vying for a coveted Emmy.

Actors Jang Hyun-Sung, Jin Seo-Yeon, Jang Hyuk, Sooyoung, Ryu Seung-Soo “Tell Me What You Saw” K-drama I The Chosunilbo JNS / Imazins via Getty Images

TV shows must air within a certain time frame to be eligible

TV fans are often disappointed to see some of their beloved series not make the Emmy nominee list. There is a clear answer to the why. According to the deadline, for the 2021 Emmys, a series had to have aired its episodes between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. The rule is standard every year. The coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has made many well-known shows ineligible for nomination.

Show as The wonderful Mrs. Maisel did not start production until the end of January due to COVID-19. He would have been eligible for the Emmys if filming for the series had started on the date originally scheduled. The Deadline Rule and The Pandemic have many notable and fan-favorite series shelved until 2022. Succession, Euphoria, Barry, curb your enthusiasm, and Strange things are part of the series that have not reached the deadline.

K-dramas are only eligible if produced in conjunction with an American company

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The Emmys have another rule that limits the eligibility of a particular series to a nomination. K-drama fans may have wondered if a Korean TV series could do the trick and how. The answer is yes, but there are a few guidelines to follow. According to Indie Wire, a foreign television series is not eligible for the Emmys. Any series produced and broadcast in another country does not meet the Emmy criteria. But, there is a flaw.

A K-drama may become eligible if it “is the result of a co-production (both financial and creative) between American and foreign partners”. The K-drama is also to be created with the intention of being broadcast on American television. There is a major hiccup that might not allow K-Dramas to appear on the Emmy nominations list. A majority of K-dramas are broadcast on Korean cable television. While many dramas are Netflix or Viki originals, they air simultaneously on Korean public networks like tvN or MBC.

“Vincenzo” and “Mouse” are some of the K dramas that fit the criteria of the Emmy period.

K-drama fans have enjoyed a strong year of outstanding drama in 2021. Netflix original dramas are skyrocketing to success as they take over the top 10 list on the streaming platform. Vincenzo wowed fans with its innovative take on a comedic crime story. The 2021 K-drama stars Song Joong-Ki in the lead role. Park Joo-Hyung (Song) was abandoned as a child and adopted by an Italian family. He later joined the Mafia and was taken in by the head of the Cassano family. Joo-Hyung leaves his old life and takes the name Vincenzo. Vincenzo becomes a ruthless and feared consigliere but flees to Seoul after the death of his adoptive father.

He returns to Seoul to reclaim his immense fortune, but finds himself in trouble when a conglomerate company illegally takes possession of the building where he hid it. Along with the success of Vincenzo was tvN’s crime thriller Mouse. A novice policeman teams up with a detective to solve a series of murders committed by a serial killer. In their investigation, they wonder who is the real culprit.


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