Emmys: 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' Dodging Drama, to Compete as Comedy (Exclusive)

The Amazon breakout avoids a head-to-head matchup with 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Handmaid's Tale,' and will instead face a comedy field from which 'Veep' is absent for the first time in years.
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'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Amazon show that debuted in late 2017 and quickly became the talk of the television industry, has dodged a bullet in the Emmy race.

The show, which is about a housewife who becomes a comic (Rachel Brosnahan), won the best comedy series Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and PGA awards in quick succession earlier this year. But some of its supporters feared that — contrary to the intentions and wishes of its creators, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino — it would be classified by the TV Academy as a drama series.

Indeed, the Palladinos' previous hit show Gilmore Girls, which also juggled laughs with tears, was classified as a drama and a comedy at different points throughout its original run on The WB from 2000-2007, and then, at the request of its creators, as a limited series when it briefly returned to Netflix in 2017.

In Mrs. Maisel’s case, a drama designation would have forced it to go head-to-head with the likes of HBO’s Game of Thrones and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. However, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the TV Academy has okayed Mrs. Maisel as a comedy series, making it, in the view of this prognosticator, the show to beat in that prestigious race — not least because HBO’s Veep, which prevailed in each of the last three years, is not in the running this year.