This is the first year the new rule for the Emmys has taken effect, which states that comedies must be a half-hour in length and dramas must be hour-longs. Any producers wishing to have their hour-long series compete as a comedy must petition the panel.
Earlier this week, the panel ruled that three-hour-long series "Jane the Virgin," "Shameless" and "Glee" could all compete as comedies this year. But "Orange" was deemed ineligible.
"'Orange Is the New Black' is a truly pioneering series and an iconoclast which has always defied genre or easy categorization," Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "While we're disappointed in the committee's decision, we believe that 'Orange' represents the best of television in either category."
Last year, the series received 12 nominations when it competed as a comedy series, including one for best comedy series. It won three, including one for guest actress for Uzo Aduba, who plays "Crazy Eyes."
The nine-person panel consists of five TV industry professionals appointed by the ATAS chairman and four elected by the academy's Board of Governors. A two-thirds majority is required to pass all decisions.