The Television Academy turned down a petition from Netflix to have the streaming service’s acclaimed show “Orange Is the New Black” compete as a comedy for the 2015 Emmy Awards, Variety reports.
“The show will have to compete as a drama, and its actors, writers and director in drama categories,” Variety reports. “The streaming service had petitioned the Academy for a waiver, per the new rules that deemed half-hours as comedies and hour-longs as dramas. Earlier this week, the Academy had granted petitions by hourlongs Fox’s ‘Glee,’ Showtime’s ‘Shameless’ and the CW’s ‘Jane the Virgin’ to be considered comedies.”
“Orange Is the New Black” was allowed to compete as a comedy at the 2014 Emmys, where the show received 12 nominations and took home three trophies. But its comedy classification stirred up some controversy, and last month the Academy announced changes to the rules on competition categories, among other rules changes, to take effect in time for this year’s Emmys.
“Each petition is reviewed by a nine-member panel, including five industry leaders appointed by the TV Academy chairman and four by the board of governors,” Variety notes. “The petitioners had to submit all episodes of the current season, which were then evaluated by the panel ‘as to whether it predominantly takes a comedic or a dramatic approach to the material,’ explained John Leverence, the Academy’s senior VP of awards. It takes a two-thirds vote of the panel to reach a decision.”
The report notes that the Academy’s decision cannot be appealed, but the show can apply again next year.