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Gilmore Girls Switches to Emmy's Comedy List, 03.18.02 ...

Before "Gilmore Girls" even hit the airwaves of The WB, it posed a dilemma for the netlet: whether to pitch the show as a comedy or a drama.

"It's one of those things that literally started when we first got picked up," the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We really are a hybrid. I like that about our show."

Officially, you can now call the show -- which stars Lauren Graham as single mom Lorelai Gilmore and Alexis Bledel as her teenage daughter Rory -- a comedy. Sherman-Palladino says "Gilmore Girls" will be submitted to Emmy voters in that category this year. The show was entered in drama categories last year and failed to win any nominations despite widespread critical praise.

"When I looked at both categories, I have to say we're closer in tone to 'Sex and the City' than we are to 'The West Wing' or 'ER,' " Sherman-Palladino says. "We feel out of place going up against 'drama' dramas."

While the hour-long show frequently deals with thorny family relationships and the continuing consequences of Lorelai's choice of single motherhood after becoming pregnant at 16, "Gilmore Girls" is decidedly lighter in tone than any of last year's best drama series nominees -- "Law & Order," "The Practice" and "The Sopranos" in addition to the two Sherman-Palladino mentioned.

"We don't play things for jokes and our characters have a lot of serious moments," she says "but we also have a great deal of humor involved."

While the show hasn't earned a great deal of awards recognition, Graham has picked up two Screen Actors Guild and one Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

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