March 25, 2014 at 10:59 am #314011
Story is on Gold Derby home page…
“In a historic move, the TV Academy has granted John Wells,
executive producer of the raunchy fourth-season series about a poor
Chicago family, a special dispensation to move his show from drama to
comedy series contention.”March 25, 2014 at 11:01 am #314013
“We’d always thought of it as a comedy”. All right John Wells, then why did you submit it as a drama again?
By the way, I do not know if I will be able to take it when Orange is the New Black switches back to drama next year.March 25, 2014 at 11:04 am #314014
And just like OITNB, this is another hour-long Comedy Series where the dramatic moments are stronger.March 25, 2014 at 11:16 am #314015
If this means that Emmy Rossum can get the nomination she’s been deserving for the last 3 seasons, then I’m ok with this!March 25, 2014 at 11:21 am #314016
But the show isn’t funny. There aren’t jokes or bits or anything. Just because your characters are affable or witty doesn’t make a show a comedy. And in Shameless’s case (I watched 3.5 seasons before I gave up) the characters aren’t particularly witty or funny and the tone is light, sometimes, but not really. This reeks of desparation.March 25, 2014 at 11:22 am #314017
Didn’t someone say on the Orange thread that if you get nominated in one genre you were locked in?March 25, 2014 at 11:23 am #314018
Way, way, way too late. And while I could see the show as a comedy in its first two season it’s been a legit drama in its last couple. Like ‘Orange’ if viewed as a comedy it doesn’t work and is not worthy, even Rossum.March 25, 2014 at 11:28 am #314019
This year they decide to go comedy? THIS YEAR? THIS FUCKING YEAR?!
I can’t… I just can’t…March 25, 2014 at 11:36 am #314020
Of all seasons, THIS (its most Drama-filled) is the one they decide to flip to Comedy with!?!?!?
I guess if it means getting Rossum a nomination it’s worth it (though that’s no guarantee), but she’s going to have a helluva time finding a tape she can win with in this category (if she were to be nominated in Drama, NO ONE could beat her with ‘Iron City’. No one). She’s even getting legit press for it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/allenstjohn/2014/03/25/shameless-star-emmy-rossum-on-her-emmy-worthy-episode-organ-transplant-politics-and-the-hardest-nude-scene-ever/
Good news for Macy/Cusack/Hampton/Howey/Bergl – as they all have some nice “comedic” performances this season. If it gets a series, God help the producers trying to select “comedic” tapes.March 25, 2014 at 11:40 am #314021
Stupid move, especially since this is the most dramatic season yet.March 25, 2014 at 11:48 am #314022
Maybe Wells was inspired by Harvey Weinstein successfully categorizing his feature film directing debut as a comedy, followed by the OITNB placement.
Now watch Cusack still be the only nomination from the show.March 25, 2014 at 11:50 am #314023
That’s not fair to other shows over the years that would have benefitted from a strategic genre placement switch. Why now and why for this show? Because Frank’s liver failure storyline is so hilarious right now. What is this 2009 rule that now allows for that? I doubt this will even help William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum net Emmy nods. But it will prevent Joan Cusack from being name-checked for another undeserved guest actress nomination, so something good can come out of all of this.March 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm #314024
Apparently they got a special permission to make the switch, which is complete bull. What is the point of the rule if you can break it?
March 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm #314025
I am not sure where that 2009 rule came from either because back in November when I was writing an article about Orange is the New Black
going drama, Tom checked with John Leverence (Senior Vice-President,
Awards for the Television Academy), who said that once a series declares
its genre, it cannot switch, even if it is not nominated for a single
Emmy its first year. That differed from the old Gilmore Girls rule that allowed switching if a show did not reap any genre-specific nominations prior. This is all mighty fishy.
As for the show going comedy, Joan Cusack is still its best bet and even she is not locked. William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum have outside shots, just because Robin Williams and Anna Faris seem a little shaky, but both are very unlikely. The show has no shot in any technical categories. If they had switch a couple of seasons ago, they might have been able to manage a casting nomination, but that window has closed by now. So this move reeks of desperation and possibly stupidity as well.
Remember how funny House and the first couple seasons of Breaking Bad were?