FX chief criticizes HBO over 'True Detective' Emmys decision

By Kyle Johnson,

FX's head said that he isn't happy that HBO entered True Detective in the drama category for the Emmys and followed that up with a complaint about Netflix.

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf spoke at FX's upfronts and said that HBO's decision was "unfair" since Detective is more like a miniseries since none of the cast is expected to return, reports TheWrap.

He is worried that the move could make it more difficult down the road for shows similar to Mad Men to compete against a series that draws huge stars not interested in a long-term commitment.

"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.'"

Landgraf said that was why American Horror Story is now in the miniseries category, instead of drama, where it previously was entered. Critics have contended the move was made because it is believed AHS has a better chance in the miniseries category.

According to Variety, Landgraf also isn't happy that Netflix will hide where a streaming series comes from if it isn't "A Netflix Original Series."

The chief said Netflix is adamant about pointing out shows they make, while "they are equally staunch about totally stripping 'AMC' off of 'Mad Men' or 'FX' off of 'Sons of Anarchy.'"

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