FX CEO John Landgraf threw some major shade at HBO's True Detective during an appearance at the Television Critics Association on Monday.

Landgraf said the fan favorite needs to deliver on more than its movie star leads. As you know the first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Big names like Collin Farrell are currently being speculated for the second season.

Here's what Landgraf said:

"...'True Detective' is going to have to prove it's not just a vehicle for movie stars. "[Nic Pizzolatto] is going to have to write something truly great every single year. I think ['Fargo' writer] Noah [Hawley] has already proven he can write something really great."

Seems a little hypocritical don’t ya think? Given FX’s Fargo has a starry cast of its own helmed by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Bob Odenkirk.

Landgraf justified this by saying the show doesn’t need stars like Thornton, well, now that’s it’s going into its second season. Although he did say a movie star wouldn’t hurt the second season he thinks the show would be perfectly fine even if its cast was a bunch of unknowns. 


John Landgraf has just released a statement via FX in regards to his comments:

[via The Playlist]