In a move that comes as a surprise to fans who were predicting True Detective would sweep the miniseries category at the Emmys, HBO has submitted it's creepy freshmen hit in the far more competitive drama category instead.

Because True Detective has an anthology format — each season will have a new cast and a new story — it can fit into either category. Most people assumed that, like American Horror Story, True Detective would wind up in miniseries, where the buzzy detective drama seemed like a guaranteed lock for all the main awards.

Apparently HBO thinks True Detective has the goods to go up against the big boys in Drama instead. It's a risky move, but one that could pay off in a big way, since Best Drama is considered a more prestigious and important win than Best Miniseries, and HBO hasn't managed to get its hands on that coveted prize since The Sopranos went off the air.

But will it pay off? It's too early to tell exactly what this race will look like — nominations aren't even in! — but it's already shaping up to be a fierce battle. After all, Breaking Bad's nearly flawless final season is also in the running, as is Netflix's House of Cards, which got heavy praise for its second season.

At least we know the Emmys will be interesting this year!

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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