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'Orange is the New Black' will be considered a drama at the Emmys

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Orange Is the New Black, which was nominated in the Emmys’ comedy categories last year, will be eligible as a drama series this year. Variety first reported that Netflix had petitioned the Academy to have the show be considered as a comedy. However, the Industry Panel responsible for making these decisions ultimately rejected that petition. 

Orange is the New Black is a truly pioneering series and an iconoclast which has always defied genre or easy categorization,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “While we’re disappointed in the committee’s decision, we believe that Orange represents the best of television in either category.” 

This year, the Emmys made a new rule saying that any program competing as a comedy must last 30 minutes or fewer, though producers of longer-running shows “may formally petition a new Academy industry panel to consider their series’ eligibility in the alternative category.” Earlier this week, the Television Academy announced that its panel determined GleeShameless, and Jane the Virgin could all be treated as comedies. 

Orange Is the New Black is taking the decision in stride—at least according to its Twitter account.