Are Studio 60 and Desperate Housewives comedies?
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...