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Were Moonlighting and Northern Exposure forced to compete in drama?

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    With all of the genre switching going on, it made me think of two quintessential dramedys that were in the wrong category. Does anyone know why Moonlighting and Northern Exposure competed in drama, they were much more comedic. Love, American Style had broken the hour=drama rule years before.

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    I believe Moonlighting entered as comedy its first season or so. It received a 1985 nomination for directing in a comedy. 

    Perhaps they considered it easier to break into Drama Series? The NBC Must-See Thursday comedies plus The Golden Girls had kind of a stranglehold on Comedy at the time. 

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    Here’s something from a 1992 Sun-Sentinel article on the Emmys ceremony:

    “Northern Exposure, which is really a comedy, won the top drama prize. Its one-hour format confuses academy voters, who are apt to classify comedies as shows that run 30 minutes.”

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1992-08-31/news/9201180859_1_northern-exposure-academy-awards-show-comedy 

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