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True Detective: HBO’s New Show Debuts This Weekend

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Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, True Detective has been garnering early praise before its January 12 premiere.

Anytime “movie stars” make the jump to the small screen it gets people talking. Dustin Hoffman in the short lived Luck, Robin Williams in The Crazy Ones, Karl Urban in Almost Human… it’s becoming a thing and now Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are poised to add their names to that growing list.

Premiering this Sunday, True Detective takes a different spin on the traditional crime procedural. Instead of a linear time line starting at point a and ending with point b, the story takes place in three set points in time. Following McConaughey and Harrelson as Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, respectively, the story begins in 1995 when the two are partners investigating a murder that is far from run of the mill.

Starring alongside McConaughey and Harrelson is a cast that is far from shabby but also far from instantly recognizable. Playing the two detectives that end up calling Cohle and Hart back in from retirement are Michael Potts and Tory Kittles, both actors who have had respectable careers (Potts taking a turn on The Wire and Kittles on Sons of Anarchy, among others) but aren’t necessarily household names. Two women cast in the show however, do have followings of their own. Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Eagle Eye, Gone Baby Gone) and Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson series, Texas Chainsaw 3D) are much more well known than many of their male cast members.

But wait! Michelle Monaghan is in a pilot with Fringe‘s Anna Torv! This is true, Monaghan has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s Open for HBO, but do not fret, for much like Murphy’s American Horror StoryTrue Detective is an anthology type of TV series. This, of course, means that each season of the show will be self-contained. It is unknown at this time if, like American Horror Story, the main cast members will remain the same or if a new cast will be gathered for each new season.

It may seem a bit presumptuous to be counting on more seasons before the show even premieres, but if those who have seen the show and reviewed it are to be believed, True Detective is the real deal. Even Woody Harrelson says that in the role of Rust Cohle, Matthew McConaughey’s performance is perhaps the best of his career.

Created by novelist Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective will debut on HBO on Sunday, January 12.

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