Reese Witherspoon
69th Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 17/09/2017 - Reese Witherspoon. Reuters

Ahead of the 2018 Emmys, the Television Academy in the US has announced a few rule changes, including in a few key categories.

Variety Special and Special Class categories have been restructured into Variety Special (Live) -- which would include award shows -- and Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) -- which would include pre-taped specials, reported variety.com.

The category for costumes for a period/fantasy series has been split into two categories: period costumes and fantasy/sci-fi costumes. The award for directing for non-fiction programming has been split as well, into directing for a documentary/nonfiction program and directing for a reality program.

The sound editing award for a series has been divided as well, separating sound editing for a half-hour series (comedy/drama/animation) and sound editing for a one-hour series.

The complete list of rules for the Emmy Awards will be available at the Academy's official website next year.

The Emmy Awards will be held on September 17 here next year.

A host is yet to be announced.