True Detective Going for Best Drama Emmy as Opposed to Best Mini-Series

By Jacob Klein on Mar 26, 2014 to True Detective


Those of us who’ve experienced True Detective come away from the series anticipating— no, expecting it to haul in a bunch of awards this year.  But as the first season is self-contained only eight episodes and features rotating actors each year one might assume it would be classified as a “Mini-Series”.  A good example of a modern anthology series by comparison would be FX’s American Horror Story.

This week HBO chose to submit True Detective to the TV Academy (the folks who hand out the Emmys) as a Drama series instead of the expected mini category.  This means two things: True Detective will now face stiffer competition for “Best Drama Series” against the likes of Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Mad Men where it would have most likely handedly taken home “Best Mini-Series Drama”.   And secondly it means that Woody Harrelson and Academy Award Winning Actor, Matthew Mcconaughey will be able to participate in the Leading Male Actor in a TV Drama category, a more prestigious award than acting in a mini to be sure.  Other supporting cast members on True Detective will also be able to participate.

This shift made waves because some believe the show should be confined to a mini-series given the nature of the series.  There are no clear rules that govern what is a mini-series vs a full-on drama so it is up to the networks to decide which category to submit to.  HBO also put forth all the regular names such as Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom and even True Blood along with most of their other original series.  This doesn’t guarantee they’ll be nominees, however as, for example Boardwalk Empire was left out of the Best Drama category last year.

HBO may believe that one of their other mini-series, Olive Kitterage with Bill Murray and Frances McDormand will be taking home most of the mini-series awards this year.  HBO usually dominates the Emmys with more awards than any other network almost every year.  That’s a big feat given the small number of series HBO has on the air at any given time!  We expect this year will be even richer for the Home Box Office.

A second season is expected and will feature entirely new actors and story arcs as True Detective is an anthology series. Casting and writing is now underway and we expect the official announcement on a sophomore season soon. Until then join us in the speculation game where Brad Pitt has been rumored to be involved in True Detective Season 2!

  • mazdak

    there is a big differance,in personality ,those who watched “true detective” and others !

  • Jef Dinsmore

    It is all just politics and Hollywood patting itself on the back; good content is good content whether it has an award or not.

    • Ryo Shenmue

      Actually nowadays if a series receives an award it means it is bad or extremely overrated. Like Breaking Bad. When it was good(Season 1, 2 and the first 2 or 3 episodes of Season 3) did not win anything. When it became bad and extremely overrated, not to mention viewer friendly and crowd pleaser, it began to win everything.

  • I was hoping this wouldn’t happen so that TD and GoT wouldn’t be up against each other! There’s also the hulking behemoth of Breaking Bad…the competition is actually refreshingly good though.

  • SerTahu

    Well this is disappointing. I have been saying for a while now that season 4 is probably Game of Thrones’ best shot at winning the emmy for best drama, and this is a huge hit to its chances.

  • zg29

    Bad idea for HBO. It should have gone miniseries this year and switched to Drama Series next year to avoid Breaking Bad. It may affect the nominations /wins for Game of Thrones.

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