Just as it did for the 2014 Emmy Awards, Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” will be making the switch to comedy series for the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes, Variety has confirmed.
While the category switch from drama to comedy in the Golden Globes race was an easy one, per the Hollywood Foreign Press, the Screen Actors Guild rules require a bit more navigation. “A petition to do so was considered by the SAG Awards Committee and approved,” said a SAG representative.
There is precedent for such a change. “Boston Legal” submitted as a comedy series in 2006 and switched to drama for the rest of its run, earning nominations as a drama from 2007-09.
“Orange’s” submission as a comedy in the Emmy race raised eyebrows after it had been submitted as a drama in last year’s Globes and SAG races.
When “Orange” competed as a drama last year, it only earned a single nomination from the Globes for star Taylor Schilling. It went on to earn 12 nominations as a comedy at the Emmys.
Showtime’s “Shameless,” which changed from drama to comedy at the Emmys, also made the swap at this year’s Golden Globes, and will be competing as a comedy in the Screen Actors Guild Awards as well.