Cue a soundtrack of tiny violins for this playground fight between television networks.
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf says it's unfair that HBO plans to submit its critically acclaimed show "True Detective" in the Outstanding Drama Series category vs. the Outstanding Miniseries category at this year's Emmy Awards.
"My own personal point of view is that a miniseries is a story that ends, a series is a story that continues. To tell you the truth, I think it's actually unfair for HBO to put 'True Detective' in the drama series category because essentially you can get certain actors to do a closed-ended series, a la Billy Bob Thornton in 'Fargo' or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in 'True Detective,' who you can't get to sign on for a seven-year deal," Landgraf said at FX's upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday.
He's kind of got a point. Many awards pundits were surprised by HBO's decision, as similar anthology series like FX's own "American Horror Story" submit in the miniseries categories. "True Detective," like "AHS," will reboot with new actors and a new story every season.
Of course, Landgraf could just be complaining because the addition of "True Detective" in the drama races makes it that much harder for FX's shows to get a nomination. FX has not received a Best Drama Emmy nomination since 2009, for "Damages," and continues to see critically-acclaimed series like "Justified" and "The Americans" shut out.
Still, while "True Detective" will make the Emmys competition absolutely brutal this year (opposed to merely formidable), it's not like HBO is guaranteed trophies, either. The show could've cleaned up in the miniseries categories, yet now it has to face down the likes of the final run of "Breaking Bad," part 1 of the final season of "Mad Men" and the epic and popular "Game of Thrones. Even Oscar winner McConaughey shouldn't count on being halfway to an EGOT, as Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, and other perennial TV contenders will be hard to beat.
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