‘True Detective’ Now Most Watched HBO Freshman Series Ever

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 11:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detectiveWith delayed viewers factored in, the gross audience for HBO‘s buzzy new drama series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughy and Woody Harrelson has risen to 11.9 million viewers per episode, making it the most-watched first-year series in HBO’s history. True Read More »

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EMMYS: John Landgraf Calls For Tougher Category Rules, Says ‘True Detective’s Entry As Drama Series “Unfair”

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf today threw his hat in the debate over what constitutes a drama series and a miniseries for Emmy consideration and whether an hourlong series american_horror_story_coven_cast_a_lcan enter as a comedy, challenging the TV Academy to stiffen its criteria and create stricter category guidelines.

FX anthology series American Horror Story shook up the Emmy landscape three years ago when it opted to submit itself as a miniseries, not a drama series. The race was jolted again this year when HBO’s True Detective took the opposite stance, identifying itself as a drama series. “In our minds this is a series, and the only reason to enter it as a miniseries was a cynical reason that didn’t feel like the right thing to do,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo told Deadline last week.

2014 Winter TCA Tour - Day 6Landgraf today defended the network’s decision to submit AHS as a miniseries, objected to HBO’s decision to have True Detective compete as drama series, and called on the TV Academy to better define its categories. “I don’t think it’s cynical to enter AHS as a miniseries,” he said. “I don’t look at it that way. The definition should be a miniseries has a story that ends, a series has a story that continues on.” Landgraf argued that limited series have the advantage to attract bigger-caliber actors, like True Detective‘s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as well as Billy Bob Thornton who toplines FX’s limited series Fargo. Emmyslogo_new“It’s unfair for HBO to get actors that you can’t normally get to do a series who would do a close-ended show and pack the (drama actor) category. That is patently unfair to people like (The Americans’) Matthew Rhys who signed for seven years.” Right now, TV Academy defines shows like AHS and True Detective as having “dual eligibility,” with the series producers left to decide in which of the two categories they are eligible for they would compete.

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Deadline Awards Watch 68: The March Oscar Jinx Podcast

By and | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 5:58pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch podcast 68In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom, talk about whether seemingly awards-ready hits Noah and The Grand Budapest Hotel can overcome their early-year release dates and make a Read More »

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EMMYS: HBO’s Michael Lombardo On The Decision To Enter ‘True Detective’ As Drama

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 3:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

True DetectiveMore than a week after HBO announced that its buzzy True Detective will compete as a drama series at the Emmys, shaking up the drama race as a potential frontrunner, the decision is still a hot topic of conversation, with pundits debating whether the eight-episode series, created by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, belongs in the drama or miniseries category. The latest to weigh in was Mad Men creator Matt Weiner. “I was surprised they did it but I bet that everyone who is in that Drama category said ‘oh s***’,” he told Deadline‘s Pete Hammond. “That makes me think HBO did the right thing.”

hbo45__130924185923-275x112__140114010318HBO had not commented on its Emmy category choice for True Detective until now. Here is what the network’s programming president Michael Lombardo had to say about it. “This project was pitched to us, it was produced by us and marketed by us as a series. Nic never thought of this as a miniseries, and we always treated him as a creator of a series. In our minds this is a series, and the only reason to enter it as a miniseries was a cynical reason that didn’t feel like the right thing to do.”
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EMMYS: HBO’s ‘True Detective’ To Compete As Drama Series

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detective-hboOne of the most intriguing questions of this year’s Emmy season has been answered, with HBO‘s buzzy True Detective opting to compete as a drama series. The project, created by Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was sold and done as an eight-episode limited series, which easily would’ve qualified it as a miniseries. FX’s anthology series American Horror Story, which airs 13-episode installments, started off in the drama series category at the 2012 Golden Globes before switching to longform for the 2012 Emmy Awards. It has competed Emmyslogo_newas a miniseries ever since and has been dominant in Emmy nominations, landing 17 last year. The drama field is far more competitive and tough as PBS’ Downton Abbey found out after switching from miniseries to drama series after Season 1. Still, winning a drama series Emmy has a big cachet to it. Plus, True Detective does employ drama series storytelling techniques. But an entry as a miniseries would’ve pretty much guaranteed the moody Louisiana series a dominant performance and a slew of trophies. Now it will go against the final installment of AMC’s Breaking Bad among other drama heavyweights. With the TV Academy restoring separate best TV movie and best miniseries categories and True Detective not entering as mini, the longform field has a lot of room this year. Ryan Murphy is behind top contenders on both sides — film The Normal Heart and mini AHS. With the slew of event series put in the pipeline by the networks not slated to premiere until after the end of this year’s eligibility period (Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, for example, debuts in May and won’t qualify for 2014 Emmys), AHS‘ top competitor will likely be FX’s Fargo. Read More »

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‘True Detective’ Unearths Record HBO Ratings In Finale

By | Monday March 10, 2014 @ 12:15pm PDT

true-detective-hboHBO‘s True Detective finale bagged a series high of 3.5 million viewers Sunday at 9 PM — a 50% spike from the crime anthology’s premiere of 2.3 million. With an average gross audience of 11 million viewers season to … Read More »

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‘True Detective’ Finale Crashes HBO Go

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 11:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

true-detective-hboThe demand for tonight’s season finale of HBO‘s True Detective was so great online, the network’s streaming service HBO GO temporarily crashed trying to fulfill all incoming requests for the closing episode. “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Uncovers Series High On Sunday

By | Tuesday February 25, 2014 @ 8:50am PST

An average of 2.6 million viewers watched the drama anthology, which this season stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, at 9 PM, besting ttrue-detective-hbohe premiere’s previous high of 2.3 mil on January 12. Across its three plays for the … Read More »

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Fox Preempts Feature Pitch For ‘True Detective’ Helmer Cary Fukunaga

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 5:27pm PST
Mike Fleming

caryfEXCLUSIVE: Hot off the crime drama True Detective, the critically acclaimed eight-episode limited series he directed for HBO starring Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson, Cary Fukunaga is in the middle of a pitch that Fox has bought pre-emptively for mid-six figures. … Read More »

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‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto Signs New Overall Deal With HBO, Paving Way For Season 2 Of Breakout Drama

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 3:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Nic PizzolattoEXCLUSIVE: When HBO landed eight-episode drama True Detective in a bidding war two years ago, the pay cable network signed an overall deal with the project’s creator, novelist Nic Pizzolatto. The bet paid off, with the series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson garnering critical praise and solid ratings. Now HBO has inked a new two-year overall deal with Pizzolatto, who is working on a second season of True Detective. I hear he is currently preparing a draft to present to HBO executives who are expected to proceed with a Season 2 given the performance of the first installment whose premiere was HBO’s most watched series debut in more than three years and has garnered 7.7 million viewers to date on various platforms. This marks a very fast rise for Pizzolatto who only left academia, where he taught fiction and literature, to pursue writing full-time in 2010 and had only one TV credit, a staff writer job on AMC’s The Killing, before writing True Detective on spec. Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Looking’ Debuts Soft, ‘True Detective’ & ‘Girls’ Down

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 12:51pm PST

hbo45__130924185923-275x112__140114010318There just weren’t a lot of people watching the debut of Looking on Sunday. The 10:30 PM premiere of the half-hour dramedy following the life, loves and friendship of a trio of gay men living in San Francisco drew just 338,000 … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Girls’ Hits Series High With Season 3 Debut, True Detective’ Snags 2.3M Viewers

By | Monday January 13, 2014 @ 4:59pm PST

hbo45__130924185923-275x112It was a good night for Lena Dunham and Matthew McConaughey on Sunday. Not only were both up for Golden Globes but their respective turns on HBO scored very nicely as well. Premiering for a third season, Dunham’s Girls hit … Read More »

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TCA: HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Stars Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson Bromance It Up On Panel

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:58pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154It may be the ultimate anti-buddy show, but True Detective stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were in full bromance mode today in Pasadena. “I love Matthew, my brother, a phenomenal amazing person,” said Harrelson of his co-star. “Woody and I, part of why we’re friends is that we get on each HBO Winter 2014 TCA Panelother’s frequencies,” added McConaughey. Amidst much laughter and in-jokes, the actors were joined on the TCA stage at the first of HBO‘s panels by Michelle Monaghan, who plays Harrelson’s character’s wife; EP/writer Nic Pizzolatto; and EP/director Cary Fukunaga. “I love Michelle,” Harrelson said. “I’ve known her many many years. Cary’s a terrific director, and Nic wrote this amazing script I couldn’t put down.”

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Set to debut on Sunday, the eight-episode series stars McConaughey and Harrelson as Louisiana state police detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart. The two are partnered up in the mid-1990s on what appears to be an occult-themed serial killer case. True Detective toggles between 1995 and modern day as two contemporary detectives reopen the case of almost 20 years beforehand. Under that dark premise, the antagonistic relationship between McConaughey’s Cohle (a former undercover narcotics cop suffering from hallucinations, social disconnection and an obsessive sense of duty) and Harrelson’s Hart (a hard-drinking philanderer but more by-the-book officer) makes up the heart of the show. “I can’t imagine anyone playing that part better,” said Harrelson of McConaughey. “It was different than any other part I’ve seen him play before, and he knocked it out of the park.” Still, McConaughney rejected the idea of doing more episodes. “It’s contained, that’s it,” he responded to a question from the audience.

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Hot TV Trailer: HBO’s ‘True Detective’

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 7:50am PDT

True Detective is HBO‘s eight-episode drama series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and will debut in January. It centers on a pair of detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The trailer aired last night before the … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘True Detective’ To Premiere In January

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 9:53am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, will debut in January, the network said today. The project centers on detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide … Read More »

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HBO Series ‘True Detective’, AMC’s ‘The Killing’ Add To Casts

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 12:19pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tory Kittles (Sons Of Anarchy) has landed a regular role on True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The project centers on detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart … Read More »

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Kevin Dunn Joins HBO Series ‘True Detective’, CBS Pilot ‘Mom’ Adds Regular

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 6:41pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Kevin Dunn has been tapped for a major recurring role on Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s upcoming eight-episode HBO drama series True Detective. The high-concept project is described as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives … Read More »

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‘Texas Chainsaw’s Alexandra Daddario, ‘Twilight Saga’s Elizabeth Reaser, 2 ‘Wire’ Alums Join New HBO Series ‘True Detective’

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 5:55pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVEAlexandra Daddario, star of the recent No.1 movie Texas Chainsaw 3D, Elizabeth Reaser, co-star of the blockbuster Twilight Saga franchise and The Wire alums Wood Harris and Michael Potts have joined the cast of True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The project is described as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives and time frames. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. Read More »

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Michelle Monaghan Set As Female Lead In HBO’s Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson Drama Series ‘True Detective’

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye) is set to star opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama, which has a straight-to-series order. The high-concept project is descried as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives and time frames. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened. Monaghan will play the female lead, Maggie Hart, the wife of Martin Hart (Harrelson), a woman who makes a hard decision that has long-reaching and devastating consequences. Read More »

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