Exclusive: ‘Orange is the New Black’ switches to drama races at Golden Globes

To all of the people who said “Orange is the New Black” wasn’t funny enough to enter into the comedy categories, Netflix agrees.

The online network revealed exclusively to Gold Derby that “Orange” will compete in the much more competitive drama races at this year’s Golden Globes and SAG Awards. The move that will make some people very happy as evidenced by the recent controversy that stemmed over Netflix’s previous plan to submit the women’s prison series as a comedy.

According to Gold Derby’s poll of editors and users, back when it was still considered a laffer “Orange” was actually in a tight three-way tie for first place as Best TV Comedy Series at the Golden Globes. It tied with 2012 winner “Girls” and 2011 winner “Modern Family” as the comedy to beat.

Now that Netflix has confirmed the category switch, it will take a few days before we get a sense of the show’s new odds. On the drama front, “Orange is the New Black’s” Globes rivals for Best TV Drama Series are “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland,” “House of Cards,” “Game of Thrones,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Masters of Sex.”

The show’s female lead Taylor Schilling will also be competing now in the race for Best TV Drama Actress. There won’t be any changes for the supporting players, however, as the Golden Globes combine drama, comedy and movie/miniseries performances together.

Because the decision is just now being finalized, there is one place that the show will be a comedy. Netflix had already submitted paperwork to the Writers Guild before their deadline, so the series will be considered a comedy for the WGA Awards.

Is Netflix making the right decision by submitting “Orange is the New Black” in the drama categories at the Golden Globes? Vote below for Best TV Drama Series in our easy drag-and-drop menu and sound off in the comments section below.


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