"I've got conflicted feelings about it, and they're probably what you'd imagine," "True Detective" creator and show runner Nic Pizzolatto says. "I probably just went from being a contender to a long shot, but it was a great vote of confidence in their belief in the show's quality."
FX President John Landgraf doesn't quite see it that way, telling reporters at his network's upfront advertisers presentation that it was "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 — à la Billy Bob Thornton in 'Fargo' or
But you know what? That's TV today, a medium where format and narrative boundaries have been expanded and all but erased. So why shouldn't the awards honoring television follow suit? HBO's decision to submit the superb "True Detective" in the drama category might be the best thing to ever happen to the Emmys. Let's be honest: Nobody remembers what program won for miniseries. But a drama race that pits "True Detective" against the final season of
Besides, it's not as if this kind of higgledy-piggledy category placement hasn't been all the rage recently.
Really, from all appearances, it seems as if "True Detective" is the only series that wants to compete in the drama category.
Meanwhile, after three years of submitting
Of course, since "Breaking Bad" won the drama series Emmy last year (finally!), it probably won't switch over in its final go-round with voters. But who's to say if "
I jest. (Mostly.) But decry the current name-your-own-category state of affairs all you want, it beats the olden times (going all the way back to a decade ago) when the television academy more or less engraved the drama series Emmy the moment