FX Networks Chief Executive John Landgraf let his feelings be known about an entry by Emmys heavyweight HBO, complaining that it’s “unfair” for HBO to enter “True Detective” in the dramatic series category rather than enter it as a miniseries, TheWrap.com reports.
Speaking at an upfront presentation to the media Wednesday, Landgraf blamed the problem on the ambiguity of the categories. “True Detective,” like FX’s “American Horror Story,” is an anthology series, with new stories each season, but FX is entering “American Horror Story” in the miniseries category.
“I'm going to try not to cast stones because the truth of the matter is, it's a very kind of freewheeling and ambiguous situation” with the categories, Landgraf said.
He added: “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.”