If this summer's Emmy races are half as exciting as this spring's jockeying for Emmy category position, we're gonna have a real barnburner on our hands come August.
Two weeks ago, Netflix fired the first salvo, electing to submit "Orange Is The New Black" in the comedy category after going as a drama for Golden Globes contention. Personally, I think that was the smart and correct choice and, in a perfect world, "Orange" could fill out the supporting actress field on its own. [That won't happen. But it should.]
Then earlier this morning, Showtime unexpectedly announced that after three years as a drama for Emmy purposes, "Shameless" will submit as a comedy this year. I'd always advocated "Shameless" as a comedy in years past and I would put Emmy Rossum in any open field of actress contenders, regardless of category. Still, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the move in this particular season, which has probably been more consistently dramatic in tone than the three that came before. Rossum remains the show's top contender for nods and it's true that the Lead Actress Drama field is absurdly packed -- Seven nominees last year and that didn't include Rossum, Tatiana Maslany or Julianna Margulies -- but the Lead Actress Comedy is hardly empty, though Laura Dern and Tina Fey will both fall out from last year's Top 6.
But the biggest shoe to drop? Well, that came on Tuesday afternoon, as HBO confirmed that winter sensation "True Detective" will submit in the Drama field, rather than in the Miniseries category.