One of the hot button issues at the moment is the decision by HBO to submit their series True Detective as a Best Drama series at the Emmys and not as a Miniseries. While the move makes the field a lot more competitive, as the likes of breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and House of Cards will be going toe-to-toe with True Detective, not everyone is on board with the idea.
While Mad Men creator Matt Weiner came out in support of the move, FX CEO John Landgraf blasted the move and pretty much called dirty pool on HBO while speaking with The Wrap.
“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.”
It’s a move that would no doubt ruffle some feathers, but it’s easy to understand why John Landgraf is so steamed. His series American Horror Story never has competed for Best Drama because it’s considered a miniseries. His beef with True Detective is legitimate but it’s a pretty poor look to be kicking and screaming about something that won’t be changing anytime soon.