The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will combine the categories for outstanding miniseries with outstanding made for television movie, into one six-nominee category.
Emmy rules stipulate that any category -- in this case, miniseries -- that fails to meet the required number of five nominees for two consecutive years is subject to deletion or consolidation. In 2010, there were only two miniseries nominated, PBS's Return to Cranford, and the winner, HBO's The Pacific. It was a similar count in 2009: PBS's Little Dorrit topped HBO's Generation Kill.
The move brings the award in line with all of the other miniseries and made of television movie categories, including lead actor and actress, which are already in one combined category. This change also brings the Emmy Awards in line with the WGA, DGA and PGA Awards.