Emmys shocker: ‘Orange is the New Black’ switched to drama

On Friday, the TV academy announced that “Orange is the New Black” will contend as a drama at the upcoming Emmys. This decision comes despite the Emmys having classified the Netflix hit as a comedy last year for its first breakout season. It won three (Comedy Guest Actress (Uzo Aduba), Casting and Single Camera Editing) of its genre-leading 12 Emmy nominations. 

“OITNB” ran afoul of a new rule that defines comedies as shows of only 30 minutes in length. While three other hour-longs — “Glee,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Shameless” — successfully appealed to be considered comedies, the petition by the “OITNB” producers did not pass muster with a two-thirds majority of the nine-person panel (five industry leaders and four appointees from the Board of Governors).

Already this awards season, it has won Best Comedy Series at the PGA Awards and claimed both Comedy Ensemble and Actress (Aduba) at the Screen Actors Guild. In our Emmy predicitons charts, it ranks third for both Best Comedy Series and Supporting Actress (Aduba) while Taylor Schilling and Kate Mulgrew are fifth in lead and supporting respectively. 

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Prior to last year’s Emmys, “OITNB” had been submitted to both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards as a drama. At the former, it reaped only a bid for Schilling while it was snubbed at the latter. Switching to comedy after those poor showings, the show claimed four nominations from the Writers Guild last year and two this year and also picked up three nominations at this year’s Globes. 

While the drama side is even more competitive than comedy this year, Netflix will be streaming the third season of “OITNB” just as Emmy voting kicks off in June. Do you think it can break into the Drama Series race? Make your predictions below using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

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