Emmys to Netflix: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Is a Drama, Not a Comedy

By Sahil Patel

Netflix has long argued that Jenji Kohan’s prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black” is a comedy series as far as awards shows are concerned. Unfortunately for the streaming service, the Television Academy does not agree.

The Academy has denied Netflix’s request to submit “Orange Is the New Black” as a comedy for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards.

The decision follows an earlier ruling that restricts the comedy category to half-hour shows and the drama category to hour-long shows. The rule change is not completely binding, as Fox’s “Glee,” The CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” and Showtime’s “Shameless” — all hour-long shows — all won their petitions to be considered as comedies.

Last year, “Orange” did compete for the Emmys as a comedy series, nabbing 12 nominations and three wins, including guest actress for Uzo Aduba, by the end. The series has also been recognized as a comedy by the Golden Globe awards.

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

The news of the TV Academy’s decision was first reported by Variety.