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Are Studio 60 and Desperate Housewives comedies?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 26th 2007 4:21PM

Studio 60 And let me predict what you're going to say in the comments section:

"Studio 60 isn't funny!"
"Studio 60 should be canceled!"
"Studio 60 sucks!"

Only that last one will probably be spelled SUX, in hip web/AOL lingo.

The Emmys are thinking about making a "dramedy" category, for shows that fall in between comedies and dramas. Shows like the above two I mentioned plus Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, and Ugly Betty.

I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not, mainly because I've always hated the word "dramedy." But there's a bigger point to be made here about TV shows in general and awards shows in particular: maybe all TV shows aren't made to be categorized. Sure, we can say without a doubt that Seinfeld was a comedy, but there are so many shows on now that could go either way, and I think that speaks to the quality of TV that's being done now and the attitude the writers/creators have when it comes to creating TV shows.

One of the reasons I love shows like Studio 60 and Ugly Betty is that mix of comedy and drama. They're more like real life, with the ups and downs and humor and seriousness we all experience. But a dramedy category? Hmmmm...

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does this mean Acting categories would be added as well?

Jeez. the ceremony would be 10 hours long if they added.

January 27 2007 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Writting the same thing over and over when no one else agreed with you shows bias or justcraziness.

And I have to say we are very happy you are no longer doing them, very happy. So thanks for "quitting".

January 27 2007 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please let Studio 60 be in and win the "Likely to be cancelled series, so we can get on with our lives" category.

Sorry if I offended the three people still watching.

But seriously, put on anything else. Someone reading the dictionary would be more interesting.

January 26 2007 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bob Sassone isnt funny!
Bob Sassone should be canceled!
Bob Sassone SUX!

January 26 2007 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mike, you read my mind. I think it should be divided between one-hour and 30-minute shows. It's too arbitrary to distinguish otherwise, and a half-hour show is distinctly different from an hour show, whether they be dramas or comedies. Basically it would be the pseudo-equivalent to best feature and best short film in the oscars. Sassone: straighten out these emmy folks and get them on board!

January 26 2007 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone


I have no idea what that first sentence is supposed to mean, but I'll take a guess: if you're implying that I was "fired" from doing the Studio 60 reviews, you're wrong. I made the decision to stop doing any reviews from now on, because I don't enjoy doing them.

And as for any writer being "biased" towards a show, if you consider liking a show as being biased, well yeah I'm biased towards Studio 60. And the Office and Deadwood and Entourage and Ugly Betty and Heroes too.

January 26 2007 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


I wasn't the review that have seemed to be fired from doing the Studio 60 reviews because he was biased towards the show.

The show is not as well writen as West Wing, but it is ok writen. Harriet and her storyline brings down the show. It's still full of preaching. It's not funny, and it's not a drama. It has one good storyline and that's the FCC.

And Curt I have watched every episode, there are a few good ones, but the majority are not. And a lot of people bash it have seen all the episodes like be because they can't belive this is all Sorkin has left in him.

And I'm very VERY happy Bob didn't review the last episode. The review was very well writen and unbiased. Something that Bob can not do.

January 26 2007 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love the word dramedy.

January 26 2007 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The issue is : would there be enough, at least decent hence worthy, dramedys on the air every season to claim such award?

There's no point in mentionning departed series imo. But for every Ugly Betty and Studio 60 there'll be countless awful offerings of the same genre that will not actually be worthy of a nod even less an award.

Unless the dramedy genre truly expands in the next few years with good enough shows then maybe it will be worth creating such award category but as for now I'd rather stick with the imperfect system already in place and weep in my corner when some shows I don't like get the nod for Best Drama over the awesome Battlestar Galactica, The Shield, etc.

January 26 2007 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

gwangi is right - the dramady category is because Gilmore Girls and its actors have never been honored the way it should have been.

January 26 2007 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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