‘Shameless’, ‘Glee’, ‘Jane the Virgin’ Ruled Eligible for Comedy Emmy Despite Rule Change
When the Television Academy announced its new rules for the Emmy Awards, one of the biggest changes involved disqualifying all hour-long shows from competing for the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy, since a comedy is now defined as a half-hour program. This meant that previous nominees such as Orange Is the New Black now had to campaign as drama series.
However, the new rule allowed for exceptions. This goes on a case-by-case basis, but if a certain show can demonstrate why it’s a comedy, and why it deserves inclusion despite lasting longer than a half-hour, then the Academy will allow that series to compete. Several shows stepped forward to argue their case to the Industry Panel, and the first decisions have been rendered: Shameless, Jane the Virgin and Glee are eligible to compete in the Comedy Series categories.
A two-thirds vote was required for each series to earn inclusion, and while these three shows are the first hour-longs to make the cut, they’re unlikely to be the only one. Last year, Orange Is The New Black was the only hour-long series to be nominated in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, so it’s likely Netflix is going to want to give the show its best chance at a win by assuring its placement in that category again. It’s believed that the petition for the show is still pending. But I like the show’s chances of getting in, since it really does have just enough comedic elements to earn its placement here. I agree with the rulings they’ve made so far, since Shameless, Glee and Jane the Virgin feel lighter and more comedic than anything that might compete in the Drama Series categories. So I get why these decisions were made, although I’m anxious to see where other hour-long shows land.
The rulings on remaining hour-long series will have to come soon, since the cutoff date for nomination consideration is May 31. The nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be revealed on Thursday, July 16. The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, will air Sunday, September 20, on FOX.