AceShowbiz - It's official; Showtime's "Shameless," The CW's "Jane the Virgin", and Fox's "Glee" will all be considered as comedy at the upcoming 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards. The TV Academy has made the decision and confirmed it in a statement that partially read, "The nine-member panel, which includes five industry leaders appointed by the Academy Chairman and four appointees by the Board of Governors, has determined that the following three series are eligible to enter the competition in the comedy series category: 'Shameless', 'Jane the Virgin', and 'Glee'."
Speaking on the rulings, "Jane the Virgin" showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman commented, "This show was always conceived as a comedy; pitched to the network and studio as a comedy; and marketed to viewers as a comedy." She went on adding, "We are thrilled with the television academy's decision."
Each of the three series will, additionally, compete in the comedy categories of performer, writer, director, etc. No words just yet if Netflix's hit show "Orange Is the New Black" will be considered a comedy as well, taking into account that the series competed in last year's Emmys as a comedy.
The TV Academy has recently made a significant rule change for the 2015 Emmys. The panel ruled last month that series with episodes of 30 minutes or less would be defined as comedies, while series with episodes of more than 30 minutes would be defined as dramas.
The 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards will air September 20 on FOX with Andy Samberg tackling the hosting duty. Nominations for the 67th annual awards show are set to be announced on July 16.