Emmys: True Detective to Compete as Drama Series, Versus Entering Less-Crowded Mini Race

Emmys 2014 True DetectiveAnd the interesting Emmys decisions keep on coming.

Just hours after news broke that Showtime’s Shameless would switch categories and compete at this year’s Emmys as a comedy, it is now being reported that HBO’s acclaimed True Detective will forgo entering the less-competitive, less-crowded miniseres races and instead vie as a drama.

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As a limited-run series with non-continuous characters, True Detective could have easily followed American Horror Story‘s lead and submitted as a miniseries. Instead, the McConaughey/Harrelson two-hander will go up against the likes of Breaking Bad‘s final run, Mad Men, House of Cards, The Good Wife, Homeland, Masters of Sex, The Americans, HBO’s own Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey.

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The miniseries categories — which this year returns to being separate from the TV-movie races — meanwhile will likely feature American Horror Story: Coven and FX’s upcoming Fargo as the most formidable competitors.

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast Monday, Aug. 25 on NBC.

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  1. Jimmy says:

    Good for them. The fact that American Horror Story returns every year and is still consider a “mini-series” is ludicrous.

    • Fernando says:

      American Horror Story is a mini series because every season is a new story, that’s why they are a mini series, so they have the right to be called a mini series

    • Brooke says:

      I’m not even an AHS fan, but each season is truly a different show. It shares writers and many cast members, but they’re not playing the same people. The stories told each season aren’t connected. I don’t think it’s ludicrous.

    • joe says:

      You obviously have no clue what a mini-series is then. It’s a completely different story and characters. AHS is in the right category. TD is being ludicrous. The show that may win best drama series is not even a drama series.

      • Seemed pretty damn dramatic to me. The difference between True Detective and American Horror Story is that True Detective actually has a chance of winning (but I would cry foul since it’s Breaking Bad’s last eligible year).

      • Tyler says:

        Are McConnaughey and Harrelson coming back next season? I thought they weren’t. If that’s the case then it sounds like TD will have a whole new storyline for its second season like AHS. TD should’ve considered mini-series.

        And don’t rule out The Good Wife. This is its strongest season yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the series and Josh Charles win Emmys.

    • James says:

      Jimmy, ff the term “miniseries” irks you so much, then call it by it’s more format-approprate name, “anthology”.

  2. Amanda says:

    I’m a bit on the fence about it. In a way it makes sense but in another way “Breaking Bad” is so favored that it could hurt the show and Matthew’s chances at winning. They should totally get nominated but I can’t picture anything beating “Breaking Bad” or Bryan Cranston.

  3. webly3 says:

    Wow. Looks like the competition got even tougher.

  4. Adam says:

    McConaughey will still get a nomination, but he’s less likely to get a win. Likewise, the show may get a nomination (but between Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, Masters of Sex or The Americans, that competition is fierce) but is not guaranteed to get a win now like it would have against Coven. I don’t think that Harrelson will even score a nomination among that crowd, but it’s the Emmys and sometimes weird flukes happen just because the actor is a more recognizable name.

  5. Matt M. says:

    Very bold move on HBO and Nic’s part. It would’ve easily swept, or at least split-led the miniseries categories. This happening now closes that small gap for some broadcast dramas to enter back into the drama series fold (Scandal, Good Wife, etc.)

  6. Gon says:

    I really like true detective, but I hope just because the star of the show is a movie star and an oscar winner, doesn’t mean they will guaranteed to win the best actor over the more deserving ones. I feel like there are some tendencies like that lately with Kevin spacey and robin wright won at the golden globes

  7. Kre says:

    Breaking Bad already has those Emmys wrapped in the bag after “Ozymandias” but an Emmy nom is nothing to slouch at.

  8. Amanda says:

    Regardless of any of this, James Spader better get a nom!

    • claudiacostachaves says:

      Agreed, but he’ll have stiff competition. McConaughey killed it on True Detective, but Cumberbatch has been nominated before for Sherlock and lost. This time, I think he has a good chance of winning.

  9. Good for them, but aren’t you forgetting SHERLOCK Season 3? That was awesome and it will be eligible for awards at the same time. They’ll have to go on the Series category, for they have continuous characters. Well, we’ll see…

    • Beckers0505@yahoo.com says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more! No one is talking about this!!!

      • claudiacostachaves says:

        SHERLOCK 3 is as much a tour-de-force as True Detective. It exploded on the USA TV market where Seasons 1 and 2 didn’t. McConaughey had a streak of awards this past season and could still ride that success wave, but Cumberbactch has been nominated before (BAFTA four times and lost). Maybe this is his year. Plus, he’s coming up with The Imitation Game for the big screen. If there was a movie with “Oscar” written all over it, that’s the one. Check it out on imdb.com. I’m thinking E(mmy)G(olden Globes)O(scar)B(afta). Well, we’ll see.

  10. Kris says:

    Thinking 24: Live Another Day will wind up with the nomination (and possible win) for the miniseries category this year. It’s 24, for crying out loud…

  11. anna says:

    oh no, I hope it doesn’t win over breaking bad and bryan cranston… even aaron paul should get the supporting actor one.

  12. dude says:

    That is one ballsy move.