HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Vying for Best Drama Series Emmy Instead of Best Miniseries

By March 26, 2014

Because of the nature of HBO’s hit drama series “True Detective,” many analysts assumed that when the time came for Emmy consideration, the cable network would opt for competing in the miniseries category as opposed to the regular drama series section. But that’s not good enough for HBO.

Deadline has confirmed that Nic Pizzolatto’s eight-episode series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will compete in the Best Drama Series category, which means the competition will be far more stiff with shows like the final season of “Breaking Bad” in consideration.

The same can be said for the sterling performances from McConaughey and Harrelson. Both will surely be nominated, and they each have a good chance of winning too, but Bryan Cranston is going to be tough to beat for sure. But McConaughey just won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, so he’s on a roll. Just cut him a record deal and put him on Broadway and he can say, “All right, all right, all right,” all the way to an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

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Frankly, we’re glad to see HBO putting its balls out there and letting “True Detective” compete with the best of the best of dramatic television out there. Considering the only big competition for miniseries (which no longer includes TV movies) so far is “American Horror Story” and likely FX’s limited series rendition of “Fargo,” we know “True Detective” would have no problem sweeping that whole category.

Though it only has eight episodes, the first season of “True Detective” contained some of the best hours of television I’ve seen in a long time. The series was cinematic, bordering on just being a long movie cut up into pieces. But that’s not the only series HBO is throwing into competition because “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” are certainly in the mix along with “True Blood” and “The Newsroom.” The Emmy nominations are still a few months away, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as they’re announced.

Do you think “True Detective” has a chance at Best Drama Series?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.