'Desperate' skein pulls genre switch

There’s plenty of high drama on ABC’s red-hot “Desperate Housewives,” but for the purposes of the Golden Globes, the show will be considered a comedy.

Producer Touchstone Television has submitted “DH” for consideration in the outstanding comedy competish of the Globes, even though the skein is an hour. Actors on the show also are up for comedy consideration, with series stars Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross all vying for possible best actress nods.

There’s precedent for such a move: “Gilmore Girls” competes in the comedy category, as did Fox’s “Ally McBeal.” Latter skein even won a best comedy Emmy.

A Touchstone spokeswoman said “DH” is a show “that straddles both genres. We’re pretty much in the enviable position of being able to choose, and we’re going to do what’s best for the show.”

The spokeswoman said that, this season at least, “It’s tougher to compete with strict dramas like ‘The Sopranos.’ ” Another Alphabet frosh — “Lost” — is also a potential best drama contender, so by putting “DH” in as a comedy, the two shows don’t have to compete.

Touchstone hasn’t yet decided how to submit “DH” for Emmy consideration and said it “retains the option” of entering the show as a drama down the road.

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