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Which TV Comedies Could Be Dramas — Or Vice Versa?

There's an interesting story brewing over at the CW, where the executive producer of the comedy The Game is re-pitching her show as an hour-long drama (or, technically, dramedy). The CW's basically getting out of the comedy business at the end of this TV season, but The Game's producers think reimagining it as a drama could be a way to keep it alive.

The Hollywood Reporter points out that TV shows switching genres is virtually unheard of, citing Ally, the short-lived comedy version of Ally McBeal. But I'm wondering if there are shows on TV that could actually work well in a different format. On Showtime, for example, both United States of Tara and Weeds are technically half-hour comedies, but I think they have enough heavy plotlines to work in an hour-long format. On the other side, I think I'd have preferred a half-hour, funnier 90210 spinoff to the version we got, and I actually wish the new version of Cupid had been developed that way, too.

Which shows could you picture working in a different genre? Or are the lines between drama and comedy so blurry these days that it hardly matters anyway?

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CookieCuddles CookieCuddles 5 years
I cant wait til the next season.!!!!:)
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
South Park could very easily be an hour long drama.... Totally kidding. I just couldn't think of anything clever to say. 24 would make for a nice comedy though--- "Where's the bomb, dammit?!" "Well, what is the deal with bombs? When you find it, dare I say, it will be legendary?"
emms emms 8 years
They probably could have turned Ugly Betty into a half hour sitcom.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
I really enjoy The Game :)
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
I never think of Weeds as a comedy. Sure it's funny sometimes but really it's more dramatic than anything.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I had been saying that for awhile about The Game, the fact that it could be an hour long. It already feels like a comedic drama. I am worried about Everybody Hates Chris.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I would love The Game to turn into a drama especially an hour long. I think it has potential.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Futurama could have been a drama. Man, that episode about Fry's dog still makes me cry
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I would love it if Weeds were an hour-long show. I actually think that in the last two seasons it's gotten more dramatic, although it still makes me laugh too.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i have caught the Game a couple times and didnt think it was that funny...but i agree, the plot could definitely be a drama! and i'd be much more interested to watch
macneil macneil 8 years
I never saw Ally, but Ally McBeal was always comedy more than romance and romance more than drama - and Boston Legal was just straight out comedy, as the new Kelley drama looks like being. Most sitcoms eventually turn into soaps (Seinfeld never did) and I actually love that about them. For example, the Friends jokes were so predictable at the end that it would have benefited from being more like Ed, with unrequited love being centre stage, and less of that 3-plot-strands-because-we-must-all-get-equal-script-time.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I agree that United States of Tara could be a drama, I actually find it interesting that its a comedy cause there aren't many jokes per se.
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