Emmy Switcheroo Scoop: Shameless to Compete in Comedy (Not Drama) Categories in 2014

Episode 404The 2014 Emmy race is about to become a laughing matter for Showtime’s Shameless.

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The show’s producers have received approval from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to move the acclaimed dramedy, which wraps its buzzy fourth season in early April, to the comedy categories for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards. Shameless competed in the drama races from 2011-2013, garnering three consecutive nominations for Joan Cusack as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

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“[Shameless] is a category-bending show, with dark humor and dramatic tones, and the producers felt that a submission in the comedy category fit the feel and tone of the show best,” Showtime noted, in a release. The network pointed out that because Shameless is an adaptation of a long-running British drama series, it had initially submitted its version in the corresponding categories.

The switch for 2014 might prove particularly fruitful for Shamless‘ leading lady Emmy Rossum, given that 2013 Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominees Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Laura Dern (Enlightened) are no longer eligible in 2014.

Stoked about Shameless‘ move to the comedy wars? In which races does the show have the best shot? And which perennial nominees ought to be worried about having their lunches eaten? Sound off below!


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