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.
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.
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.