New Show from HBO – ‘True Detective’ – Wows Critics

HBO aired their brand new television series True Detective on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Critics claim that it will change the way you watch television, it has already made top ratings after only airing its debut. True Detective is a drama series written and created by Nic Pizzolatto starring big stars like Mathew MaConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It is set in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1995-2012. Cary Joji Fukunaga is the directer who is known for his debut film Sin Nombre in which he both wrote and directed. 

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True Detective is about two Louisiana homicide detectives on a hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana that spans across a period of seventeen years. The two detectives that are the main characters of the show are Matthew MaConaughey who plays Detective Rust Cohle and Woodly Harrelson who plays Detective Martin Hart. Not only do they have big stars like Woody and Mathew in the lead, but playing the supportive roles are Michelle Monaghan as Maggie Hart, Michael Potts as Det. Maynard Gilbough, and Tory Kittles as Det. Thomas Papania.

True Detectives is a shorter series, only eight episodes long, about five episodes less than what you would normally see on an HBO series. Network television series are made up of about 22 episodes, making this eight episode series the shortest. This show used an unconventional, radically different approach to production. The show’s episodes flip flop in time, going back and forth from the mid to late 1990′s to the present. MaConaughey and Harrelson are forced to be partners during this investigation. The two policemen could not be more different from one another. MaConaughey plays a dark, twisted, alone individual and Harrelson plays the typical good boy with the wife and family. During their hunt to search for the serial killer they learn a great deal about one another.

True Detectives debuted at the same time as the Golden Globe awards and managed to have 2.3 million viewers. This HBO series was born to be a hit and already has had many watchers rave over its first episode. If this series is picked up for another season, it is reported that True Detective will have a whole new cast and story.

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