The Emmy Powers That Be Have Decided That Jane the Virgin, Shameless, and Glee Are All Comedies

In the old days, it was easy to tell whether a TV show was a comedy or a drama. If you heard Beaver Cleaver say, "Aww gee, Wally!" you knew you were watching a comedy. If you saw U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon shoot at some injuns, you knew you were watching a drama. Nowadays, television tries to work with all your emotions at once, and you often find yourself crying and laughing at the same time. So confusing!

Even more confusing is the question of where shows that contain elements of both drama and comedy should compete when awards season rolls around. But thankfully, the Illuminati behind the Emmys have stepped up to make the decisions for us. In February, the Television Academy announced some new rule changes, including one that says 30-minute series will be considered comedies and 60-minute series will be considered dramas. But there was also a loophole allowing some shows to lobby the Emmy gods to change their genre, and now we know which shows have successfully done so.

The CW's Jane the Virgin, Showtime's Shameless, and Fox's Glee will all enter the 2015 Emmys races as comedies, despite being an hour in length, according to Variety; that status will carry over to all categories, from show and actor/actress to writing and directing. Glee has always competed as a comedy, but Shameless has competed as both a drama and a comedy, switching from the former to the latter for the first time in 2014. This year marks Jane the Virgin's first go at the Emmys, but the show has already established a track record in the genre, with star Gina Rodriguez winning Best Actress in a Comedy at the 2015 Golden Globes.

There's no word on where Netflix's Orange Is the New Black will compete, but until we hear otherwise, I'd guess it's going in as a drama, which seems right to me. We're also still awaiting word on where NBC's The Slap will end up, because despite its claims of being a drama, it's one of the funniest shows I've seen all year.


Do you agree with these categorizations? Can you think of a 30-minute show that should compete as a drama? Speak up in the comments!


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Mar 20, 2015
Jane the Virgin and Glee are definitely comedies and Orange is the New Black is clearly a drama so good on them but how is Shameless a comedy? Has the academy maybe never seen it so they just let it slide in behind the other two?
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Mar 18, 2015
Jane & Glee are comedies. What were NBC thinking about when they decided to do The Slap? That needed to be made on a channel like Sundance (if it was needed to be remade in the first place).
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Mar 18, 2015
Hey maybe they'll make Hannibal and the Americans comedies next and both will finally get some Emmy love.
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Mar 18, 2015
The Slap should definitely go into a brand new category- Best New Trash !
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Mar 18, 2015
"We're also still awaiting word on where NBC's The Slap will end up, because despite its claims of being a drama, it's one of the funniest shows I've seen all year."

#Shade lol
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Mar 18, 2015
If Broad City isn't nominated in this category then the legitimacy of this ceremony is invalid!
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Mar 18, 2015
I've heard people crying out on here about the need for there to be a 'Dramedy' category for quite a while now. I honestly don't see why there would be any bias against it... WHY YOU NO LISTEN EMMYS?
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Mar 18, 2015
They should just make a 'Dramedy' category.
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Mar 18, 2015
Glee is clearly a comedy it is not just very funny and likes to go dark with stuff. It is just not that 80s style with prat falls and canned laughter. I've never watched the other shows.
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Mar 18, 2015
Shameless is so many ways not a comedy.
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Mar 18, 2015
Well, illuminati think poverty is funny.
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Mar 18, 2015
"that status will carry over to all categories, from show and actor/actress to writing and directing"

Darn, I was hoping to see someone nominated for best actor/actress in a drama, and their show nominated for best comedy, with an episode nominated for best writing in a miniseries. That would've certainly improved the Emmys.
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Mar 18, 2015
shameless is a drama not a comedy the emmy need to get there head out of the a**
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Mar 18, 2015
I would really like to see the argument that convinced The Television Academy that Shameless was more of a comedy than drama.
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Mar 18, 2015
it's true that this season was a bit more comedy-oriented than the fourth, which was quite dark.
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Mar 18, 2015
The only explanation I can come up with is that Frank got them all real drunk before they presented their argument.
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Mar 18, 2015
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Mar 17, 2015
It's funny how Shameless has made me cry buckets of tears, and not from laughing, but it's going for a comedy spot.
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Mar 17, 2015
Jane is one of the few shows that I watch that catches me off guard and makes me laugh out loud. Of course it's a comedy. Glee? Sure, why not, though I wonder how they justified that. Castle would seem to be really close to being a comedy as well.

Star Wars Rebels certainly isn't a comedy, but it may be a stretch to call it drama, despite various fatalities, plus some onscreen torture and slightly offscreen executions. (Yes, human deaths on DisXD.) :D
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Mar 18, 2015
Yep, I think they need some more categories!
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Mar 17, 2015
I've never seen Shameless but I think the other 2 deserve to be in the comedy category. I also think Orange Is The New Black should be in the drama category this year.
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Mar 17, 2015
That is because the situational comedy on TV networks is mostly dead right now.
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