When True Detective decided it was going to compete as a Best Drama Series at the Emmy Awards this year, we all knew it would ruffle some feathers in Hollywood. But while there has been praise for the decision, like Mad Men creator Matt Weiner throwing is amused support behind the move, others are none too pleased with the move.
One person not so hot on the idea of True Detective competing as a Best Drama Series is FX CEO Jeff Landgraf, who is calling the move unfair.
“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 easy to see Landgraf’s beef as his series American Horror Story hasn’t even competed as a Best Drama despite the formula being very similar to that of True Detective. While whining about it likely won’t change anything, Landgraf brings up a valid point and has now become ‘that guy’ to complain about HBO’s decision.