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BREAKING NEWS: Orange is the New Black Switches Over to Drama

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  • Chris Beachum
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    #294390

    I am working on building the predictions center for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Do you think “Orange is the New Black” is a comedy or drama? Back up your answer with reasons.

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    Renaton
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    I think it’s a drama, but that Netflix will cheat and call it “a female dramedy” to have it on the Comedy categories.

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    probablyROB
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    It’s a drama in that it isn’t a very funny show but a very effective drama.

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    A Person
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    Leaving aside my own personal feelings, I think that since Netflix very clearly promoted and marketed the show as a comedy it makes sense to put it in that category until they say otherwise.

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    Icky
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    It’ll likely go comedy. It could sneak a writing and/or directing nod there, and Shilling will have a tough but reasonable chance in comedy or drama. But the show belongs in drama. Its more dramatic moments are what stays with you. It gets darker as the season progresses, and its comedy is hit and miss.

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    CanadianFan
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    It’s a drama. 100%.

    I know some hate the comparison, but if Grey’s Anatomy is a drama, Orange is the New Black is as well… 

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    RadioGAGAhead
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    I would definitely consider this show to be a drama, but I have a feeling it will follow the same path as “Weeds.” 

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    SaraR
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    It’s a drama but it’s also funnier than a majority of comedies currently airing.

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    Army Of Me
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    It’s a Dramedy, but will almost surely compete in the comedy categories. It is very similar to plenty of the other cable driven female dramedies, especially Weeds. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is completely overlooked because of the unevenness and subject matter, particularly in the top categories. Schilling is not well known enough to make the highly competitive comedy category with this show. She isn’t nearly as recognizable or highly regarded as Falco, Parker, Linney or Collette. The show could surprise and get a writing or direction nod (Foster?), even one of the supporting ladies is a possibility (Mulgrew?).

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    Boidiva02
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    I’d say it’s a comedy.  It’s no more a drama than Nurse Jackie, The United States of Tara or Weeds. It’s a comedy for sure. 100%.

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Even though it certainly turned into a drama by the end of the season, I would say it’ll definitely go comedy. When they go for comedic bits I’d say it’s even funnier than Girls or Louie or any other Showtime or HBO show that slips into comedy on the sole basis of being a half-hour show. They’ll certainly have a better shot of getting into many categories if it goes comedy, which is relatively weak compared to drama.

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    It’s a comedy with heavy elements of drama and the final two episodes are very dramatic but mostly is comedy.

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    Renaton
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    The only truly comedic episode was the chicken episode. I think there’s barely even witty lines from episode 9 on. It’s a drama.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Comedy. No question.

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    Teproc
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    It is unquestionably a drama.

    Compare it to Weeds for example, since it’s the same creator. Weeds always felt the need, even when it got darker, , to go for broad comedic subplots at least. Kevin Nealon’s character on that show was always here for comedy (which actually diminished the value of the show pretty quickly in my opinion). In OITNB, the comedy is mostly from the world these characters live in. You have a bit like Taystee and Poussey imitating white politicians : it’s here both to expand the world and to drive a point home about these characters.

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