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FX's John Landgraf Talks Bidding War for HBO's 'True Detective'

1/14/2014

By Tim Molloy
TheWrap

FX chief John Landgraf says his network and Showtime were "bidding very aggressively" for "True Detective," the Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson series that went on to score big ratings for HBO.

Landgraf said that while he was courting "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto, Pizzolatto told him the anthology format of "True Detective" was inspired by FX's hit "American Horror Story."

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The Ryan Murphy horror series changes its location and storyline each season, and Pizzolatto plans for "True Detective" to do the same.

The bidding war with HBO and Showtime shows how intensely FX is fighting to establish itself as a rival to premium cable networks in terms of creating top-tier original content. "American Horror Story" and "Louie" are among FX series earning major respect from critics and awards shows.

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Landgraf talked about FX's plans at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour.

More to come…

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