For Our Consideration: One complicated, onerous proposal to fix the Emmy Awards

The National Academy Of Television Arts And Sciences recently ruled on petitions submitted by the producers of Glee, Shameless, Jane The Virgin, and Orange Is The New Black to allow those shows to vie for the Emmy Awards’ comedy categories. Of the four, only Orange was denied eligibility, forcing the Netflix series to compete in the far more crowded drama field. Netflix’s chief of content Ted Sarandos said the streaming service was “disappointed” with the decision, but is confident Orange is competitive in either category.

The ruling came as a result of recent changes to the Emmy eligibility rules enacted after the staid 66th Annual Primetime Emmys were met with a chorus of boos, yawns, and self-satisfied giggles. In the most controversial rule change, NATAS declared hour-long shows ineligible for comedy categories, excluding shows like the four whose producers requested exceptions. For Orange to be singled out as the …

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