Trailer Tuesday: True Detective (2014)

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Release Date: January 2014 [HBO drama series]

Creator: Nic Pizzolatto

Director: Cary Fukunaga

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

This week’s Trailer Tuesday just got very exciting! If you read my “Week in TV” breakdown yesterday, you probably gathered from my excitement over Boardwalk Empire’s premiere, my commitment to catching up on The Newsroom and my impulsive blu-ray purchases that I’ve got HBO on the brain.

It’s perfect timing too, considering I just saw the trailer for HBO’s new drama series True Detective starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

I was impressed with the style of the trailer and the potential the two leads gave the series. But after two viewings, the trailer didn’t give me anything to work with in terms of plot. This concerned me a little, so I did some research.

According to IMDb, the plot summary of True Detective is “Two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, lives become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.”

Now we’re getting somewhere. I’m a big fan of gritty cop dramas. Throw in a cold case with a serial killer, and I am absolutely there! Then I stumbled across a ScreenRant article from last year. Here’s an excerpt:

“Written by Nic Pizzolatto (The Killing), the first season of True Detective will center on a pair of detectives, Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey), who end up crossing paths on a 17- year hunt for a serial killer deep within Louisiana. The series will feature a split narrative jumping between when the case first opens back in 1995, and the present when the two detectives are testifying in court after the case is reopened. Following an anthology vein similar to FX’s cult-thriller American Horror Story, subsequent seasons of the series may feature a new cast and different storylines.

I am very curious about the bolded part of that excerpt. I’m forcing myself not to compare True Detective to The Wire but being an “HBO crime drama where each season covers a different case” lends itself to those comparisons.

The bottom line is, this show looks really interesting. The concept and talent involved could potentially lead to another hit for HBO. I’ll be watching it when it premieres in January. Will you? Watch the trailer below and let me know what you think.

 

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