‘Orange Is The New Black’ Creator Not Supporting Genres After Emmy Change
“Orange is the New Black” has secured some nominations in the Emmy Awards. However, being nominated in the outstanding drama category is not giving much pleasure to the creator of the show. The shift from comedy to drama may have an effect on the win.
Jenji Kohan, creator of “Orange is the New Black” said in an interview, “The whole label thing is frustrating – just people’s needs to define us. OK, you know, whatever you want to call us, fine,” adding, “Are we a comedy? Are we a drama? …Are we doing good work or not? Do you like us or not? As you can hear, I have issues with the whole, you know, beauty contest thing. It’s fraud.”
Kohan is not in support of the idea of giving awards to any show for that matter. However, she says that external appreciation is really good.
As she puts it, “It’s complicated because … I can’t base my self-worth or the show’s self-worth on how other people award us or nominate us or feel about us because when we don’t win we can’t say, ‘Oh, then we weren’t good,’ or when we do win, ‘We were better’ – because I’m just proud of the work we do.”
“It’s really nice to have outside validation, but ultimately it’s sort of a dog and pony tale, and it can be subjective. And if I can’t be all in when we lose, I can’t be all in when we win either, so I have to be careful with that, just to protect myself,” she said in the interview.
“Orange is the New Black,” or “OITNB” also got a Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy. It already won outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
As far as Emmy nominations are concerned, AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Showtime’s “Homeland,” and AMC’s “Mad Men” are nominated in the drama category. It can be really tough for “OITNB” to win this time.