What does Emmy switch by ‘Orange is the New Black’ mean for competition?

Orange is the New Blackpulled an Emmy switcheroo, and will contend in comedy rather than drama. What shows are helped and hurt by this move? (Be sure to vote at the bottom of this post for the winner of Best Comedy Series.)

Mad Men
While it won Best Drama Series for four years running beginning in 2008, it has not claimed a single Emmy in the last two years and is no longer infallible to the critics. Coming off of snubs by the Golden Globes and three of the four major guilds (producers, directors, actors), the show as well as lead Elisabeth Moss and supporting player Christina Hendricks were looking vulnerable until “Orange” along with star Taylor Schilling and featured performer Kate Mulgrew shifted to the comedy side.

Game of Thrones
Bigger is often better at awards shows and no drama ensemble is larger than that of “Game of Thrones.” However, it has lost Best Drama Casting for the past three years running, each time to a freshman series (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Homeland,” House of Cards”). With the newcomer “Orange” out of this race, “Game of Thrones” could win much as “Mad Men” did on its third bid in 2010. 

While it earned five Emmy bids for each of its first two seasons, the series had a weak showing at the guilds this year with one nomination versus eight last year. Could “Orange” bounce it from the Best Comedy Series race at this year’s Emmys? 

Mike and Molly
With Laura Dern out of the running with the cancellation of “Enlightened,” that sixth slot in for Comedy Actress could welcome back a past nominee. “Molly” star Melissa McCarthy won this award in 2011 and contended in 2012 but was snubbed last year. 

New Girl
Likewise, Zooey Deschanel could make a category comeback, having contended in 2012 for the first season of her show but missing the cut last year. 

Parks and Recreation
In 2012, this long-running series picked up two bids for writing but was snubbed last year. This time around, its 100th episode looked like a lock especially with perennial writing nominees “30 Rock” and “The Office” no longer on the air. However, the writers guild adores “Orange” showering it with four nominations. 

As with “Game of Thrones,” this series has lost the casting prize for the past two years running, first to the freshman season of “Girls” and then to the final season of “30 Rock.” The love for “30 Rock” was so strong that it made a comeback in this category, which it had won for seasons two and three. This race usually goes to a newcomer, as it had in the first season of “30 Rock” when another freshman series — “Ugly Betty” — prevailed. This year’s fresh faces are on “Orange.”

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