Saturday, March 29, 2014

True Detective to Compete as Drama Series

This is not entirely news at this point, but I am slow to the draw this week. I am not sure entirely what HBO is thinking here, other than they think it is more worthy of getting into the tougher Drama races, than the slam-dunk TV Movie/Miniseries races. And make no mistake, it was a slam dunk for sure. It was going to win Miniseries most likely, as well as at least actor (for either McConaughey or Harrelson) and probably directing/writing not far out of reach. It would have been a stellar night for the show. But they decided instead to submit it in the Drama races. Now McConaughey and Harrelson will have to fight it out (compared to guaranteed nods) against the likes of Kevin Spacey, Jeff Daniels, Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, and Damian Lewis, while the show will have to face some stiff competition for one of those coveted slots in the Drama Series race. I get that HBO has balls, but I don't get their logic here. First, like American Horror Story, it really deserves to be in miniseries, because although it will have the same banner of True Detective throughout its run, each season is a complete, and new story. Anthology series belong in miniseries because each season is a new miniseries. Some may disagree with me on this, but it actually makes sense. More importantly, I don't know why HBO would throw away guaranteed nods and wins just to prove a point, especially because they already have a juggernaut in Game of Thrones. I guess they really want to win again, and True Detective is more up the alley of Television Academy voters than the fantasy-driven Thrones. It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out, but I guarantee you, it will be a lot different ending for the Emmy season than many of us assumed.

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