‘Orange is the New Black’ Petition Denied, Must Compete as Drama at the Emmys

By March 20, 2015

Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Orange is the New Black,” following character Piper Chapman’s sentence in a New York women’s prison, will be forced to compete as a drama series at this year’s Emmy awards.

According to Variety, the show’s creators were attempting to get it classified as a comedy series, since the Television Academy had recently reclassified half-hour shows as comedies and hour-long shows as dramas. Netflix attempted to get a waiver, which had been granted to other series like “Glee,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “Shameless,” but it was denied by the academy’s appointed committee.

The committee that makes these decisions is made up of nine members, five of which are “industry leaders” appointed by the Academy itself, while the remaining four are are chosen by the board of governors. No specific reasoning of the committee as to why the Netflix series was unsuccessful in getting the waiver was provided. Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, released a statement about the Academy’s decision, and the show’s potential prospects in its new category. He said,

’Orange is the New Black’ is a truly pioneering series and an iconoclast which has always defied genre or easy categorization. While we’re disappointed in the committee’s decision, we believe that ‘Orange’ represents the best of television in either category.

Last year, “Orange” competed with other comedies, and garnered eight nominations and three wins in the “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series,” “Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series,” and “Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series” categories. If last year’s major drama nominees are any indication, then this year it will have to go up against the likes of “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” and perhaps “Better Call Saul” (if that show is seen as the critical descendant of “Breaking Bad,” that is).

“Orange is the New Black” will premiere its third season on Netflix on June 12th. or more on the show as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • JessicaKx

    oh well.. Netflix, you can’t win them all 🙂