The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming. First given out in 1949, the award was referred to as the "Emmy Awards" until the first Daytime Emmy Award ceremony was held in 1974 and the word "prime time" was added to distinguish between the two; the Primetime Emmy Awards air in mid-September, on the Sunday before the official start of the fall television season. They are seen in rotation among the four major networks; the ceremony is moved to late-August if it is broadcast by NBC, so that it does not conflict with NBC's commitment to broadcasting Sunday-night NFL games. However, the 2018 ceremony, broadcast by NBC, was aired on a Monday, they are considered television's equivalent to the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards. The awards are divided into three categories: Primetime Emmy Awards, Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards.
Among the Primetime Emmy Award rules, a show must air on American television during the eligibility period between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. In order to be considered a national primetime show, the program must air between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. and to at least 50 percent of the country. A show that enters into the Primetime Emmy Awards cannot be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards or any other national Emmy competition. For shows in syndication, whose air times vary between media markets, they can either be entered in the Daytime or Primetime Emmy Awards, but not in both. For game shows that reach the 50 percent threshold, they can be entered into the Daytime Emmy Awards if they air before 8 p.m. For web television programs, they must be available for downloading or streaming to more than 50 percent of the country, like shows in syndication they can only enter in one of the national Emmy competitions. Shows that are offered for pre-sale to consumers, whether on home video devices or via the Web, are ineligible if the pre-sale period starts more than 7 days before the show's initial airing.
A show that receives what the Academy calls a "general theatrical release" before its first airing is ineligible. The definition of this phrase excludes limited releases for the specific purpose of award qualification, such as screenings at film festivals or the one-week releases in Los Angeles required for Oscar eligibility. Entries must be submitted by the end of April if a show is not scheduled to air until the following month when the eligibility period ends in May. Most award categories require entries to include DVDs or tape masters of the show. For most series categories, any six episodes that aired during the eligibility period must be submitted. For most individual achievement categories, only one episode is required to be submitted. Ballots to select the nominations are sent to Academy members in June. For most categories, members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees only in their respective categories. All members can however vote for nominations in the best program categories.
The final voting poll to determine the winners is held in August, is done by judging panels. In June, the Academy solicits volunteers among its active members to serve on these panels. All active members may serve on the program panels; the Primetime Emmy Award is awarded in the following categories: The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards are awarded in the following categories: The Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards are given for outstanding achievement in engineering. They are presented to an individual, company, or organization for engineering developments so significant an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording, or reception of television; the award, television's highest engineering honor, is determined by a jury of qualified, experienced engineers in the television industry. A number of awards have been retired throughout the years, including some that have been replaced by similar award categories in the Daytime Emmy Awards, Sports Emmy Awards, other areas of recognition: † Replaced by a similar category in the Sports Emmy Awards ‡ Replaced by a similar category in the Daytime Emmy Awards TCA Awards Daytime Emmy Awards National Television Awards Critics' Choice Television Awards British Academy Television Awards List of American television awards List of Primetime Emmy Awards ceremonies Official website
Fable III is an action role-playing open world video game, developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The third game in the Fable series, the story focuses on the player character's struggle to overthrow the King of Albion, the player character's brother, by forming alliances and building support for a revolution. After a successful revolt, the player becomes the monarch and is tasked with attempting to defend Albion from a great evil; the game includes voice acting by Ben Kingsley, Stephen Fry, Simon Pegg, Naomie Harris, Michael Fassbender, Zoë Wanamaker, Bernard Hill, Nicholas Hoult, John Cleese, Johnathan Ross, Kellie Bright, Louis Tamone. The game was released on 29 October 2010 for Xbox 360 and on 20 May 2011 for PC via both Games for Windows and Steam; the PC version 3D functionality not found in the Xbox 360 version. Fable III takes place on the fictional continent of Albion, 50 years after the events of Fable II; the player character of the previous game, the "Hero of Bowerstone", became ruler of Albion and forged a new kingdom with Bowerstone as its capital.
As a result, the kingdom has begun entering an industrial age, where large-scale resource gathering and factories have become commonplace. Alongside Albion, the game includes the foreign land of Aurora, a desert region, struggling to rebuild after a devastating event. Following the death of their father, the youngest child of the Hero of Bowerstone lives within the capital's palace alongside their love interest and their older brother Logan, the new king of Albion. While attending to chores, the young sibling overhears rumours that Logan has changed over the last four years of his rule, becoming excessively tyrannical, to the point that they executed a citizen of Albion for a minor crime. Upon seeing their love interest trying to prevent Logan killing a group of citizens that had come to protest his rule, the Royal Hero is left with the choice of sacrificing either the group or their love interest against their will; that night, after their decision, the Royal Hero is advised by their mentor, Sir Walter Beck, to escape with him and plot the downfall of Logan due to his actions.
Joined by their butler Jasper, the Royal Hero flees from the castle. While escaping into an hidden passage, the group find themselves entering the former king's hidden dimension and decide to make use of it, with Jaspar remaining to aid the hero from within it. During this time, the Royal Hero encounters Theresa, the enigmatic Seeress of the Spire alongside their distant and ancient relative, who foresees them becoming the new ruler and saving Albion from a terrible fate. Guided by her, alongside Walter, the young hero begins seeking out allies across Albion and gains help from several people they meet: Sabine, leader of the mountain nomadic community known as the "Dwellers", a nomadic community that lives in the mountains. Just as the group seem ready to make moves for a revolution, Logan catches wind of his sibling's actions and captures Swift, promptly executing him for treason. Branded as traitors, the Royal Hero and his allies go into exile. At Walter's suggestion, the group travel to Aurora, a desert region across the ocean, form an alliance with Kalin, the leader of Aurora.
While attempting to gain Kalin's support, the group learn about a creature called the Crawler which led the forces of the Darkness into devastating the desert land, discover that Logan's actions were due to his discovery of this information and the fact that the creature will soon attempt to attack the Kingdom of Albion and exterminate all life. Theresa confirms that the threat is real, but points out that Logan is not capable enough of confronting it, making clear that the Royal Hero must intervene and remove him from the throne. With Kalin's full support, the group launch their revolution against Logan overthrowing him and appointing the Royal Hero as the next monarch. In their first rule, the Royal Hero is left the choice of executing Logan for his crimes, or pardoning him for acting in Albion's defense against the Crawler. By this point, the Royal Hero learns that they have a year to raise around 6.5 million gold in order to finance an army to defend Albion against the Crawler and its forces.
As ruler, they soon face several challenges to determine how to raise the money needed, leading to tough decisions on whether to do the right thing and improve people's lives, fulfill promises to allies, or exploit resources and turn their back on those that supported them in order to focus on raising funds, with the Royal Hero able to invest their own personal funds to the kingdom's treasury. After a year has passed, the Royal Hero finds themselves leading what forces they have managed to amass in defending Albion, by holding back against the Crawler's forces. However, the battle leads to Walter being possessed, forcing the Royal Hero to kill him in order to defeat the Crawler; the main story concludes with the Royal Hero left in charge of Albion, dealing with the consequences of their decisions as monarch and any casualties caused during the battle. At the beginning of the Gamescon announcement of Fable III, Molyneux stated that the game was taking a different theme compared to the others as he believes the third game in a series to be hard to do correctly.
Jacob's Well is a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country flowing from the bed of Cypress Creek, located northwest of Wimberley, Texas. The spring is located on the property of Jacob's Well Natural Area, managed by the Hays County Parks Department; the visitor entrance for JWNA is located at 1699 Mt. Sharp Road, Wimberley, TX 78676; the 12-foot diameter mouth of the spring serves as a popular local swimming spot. From the opening in the creek bed, Jacob's Well cave descends vertically for about 30 feet continues downward at an angle through a series of silted chambers separated by narrow restrictions reaching an average depth of 120 feet; until the modern era, the Trinity Aquifer-fed natural artesian spring gushed water from the mouth of the cave, with a measured flow in 1924 of 170 US gallons per second, discharging 6 feet into the air. Due to development in the area, the level of the Trinity Aquifer has dropped affecting the flow of water through Jacob's Well. In the modern era, what remains visible of the spring is a faint ripple on the surface of Cypress Creek.
The spring ceased flowing for the first time in recorded history in 2000, again ceasing to flow in 2008. This resulted in now ongoing measures to address quality. Hays County purchased 50 acres of land around Jacob's Well in 2010, in an attempt to protect the spring from development. An additional thirty-one acres was transferred to the county from the neighboring Jacob’s Well Natural Area, the new, eighty-acre named the Westridge Tract; the system has been explored and mapped by cave divers of the Jacob's Well Exploration Project and has been shown to consist of two principal conduits. One passageway measures 4,500 feet from the surface with a maximum depth of 137 feet, a secondary one extends 1,000 feet in length from the point where it diverges from the main conduit; the cave is an attraction for open-water divers, some of whom are inexperienced with the specialized techniques and equipment used in cave diving, which has resulted in nine fatalities at this site between 1964 and 1984. Jacob's Well Exploration Project Jacob's Well Natural Area Hill Country Outdoor Guide: Jacob's Well Natural Area The Hydrology and Biology of Cypress Creek, a Subtropical Karstic Stream in South Central Texas Austin American Statesman: 50 acres added to Jacob's Well Horseback Magazine Online: Iconic Jacob’s Well Saved From Development in Texas Texas Tribune: Texas Debates Who Owns Its Water Texas Observer: The End of the Hill Country Alternet: Behind Texas's Looming Crisis: Groundwater Scarcity Texas Living Waters Project: Jacob's Well Stops Flowing The Fatal Allure of JACOB'S WELL