HBO just did the network version of a mic drop.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable outlet is planning on submitting the highly-acclaimed "True Detective" in the drama categories rather than miniseries at this year's Emmys.
It's a surprising move; with its eight-episode limited run, "True Detective" would likely have swept the miniseries categories (that's been FX's strategy with its anthology series "American Horror Story"). Instead, HBO is going for broke in the already-packed drama races. Perhaps the network felt like it'd been too long since it won the Best Drama trophy; the last time was in 2007 for "The Sopranos." Since then, HBO has bested by rivals Showtime and AMC.
This sets up a major showdown between "True Detective" and the final season of "Breaking Bad," as well as shows like "Mad Men," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," and "House of Cards," and pits Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey against three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston, last year's winner Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), and probable nominees like Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards").
This is assuming McConaughey won't have to battle his own co-star, if Woody Harrelson submits in the supporting actor category, where he'll contend with two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul and likely nominees like Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones"), Mandy Patinkin ("Homeland"), and someone from "Downton Abbey."
Brutal. Absolutely brutal. And totally awesome.