According to Deadline, the Netflix series' petition to be to be considered a comedy, despite the new rule that anything over 30 minutes is a drama, has been denied. "ATAS has notified us that the Industry Panel has advised that Season Two of Orange Is the New Black is eligible for the 2015 Primetime Emmy competition as a Drama Series," Netflix said.
Although Orange submitted itself as a drama for the Golden Globes, it previously competed in the Emmys as a comedy. Its first season nabbed a lot of nominations, including best comedy series, and went on to win three awards. Now Orange will have to go up against shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men, as opposed to The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.
"Orange is the New Black is a truly pioneering series and an iconoclast which has always defied genre or easy categorization," said Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "While we're disappointed in the committee's decision, we believe that Orange represents the best of television in either category."
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