HBO has released a new trailer for upcoming crime anthology True Detective, whose first season will focus on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. While most of the action will take place during the initial hunt for the killer in 1995, with the pack being led by Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), the series will also flash forward to 2012, as the investigation gets reopened. Cohle and Hart might not have gotten their man the first go around, even though their obsession with the case threatens to derail every other aspect of their lives, but with the latest break in the case, it seems like they could wind up bringing the killer to justice after all.
In addition to Harrelson and McConaughey, True Detective stars Michelle Monaghan (Source Code), Tory Kittles (Sons of Anarchy), Lili Simmons (Banshee), Elizabeth Reaser (The Good Wife), and Brad Carter (Smashed). The show was written by Nik Pizzalatto (The Killing) and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre), though considering its anthological status and the fact that the story of Cohle and Hart will be completed at the end of the first season, there’s no guarantee that either Pizzalatto or Fukunaga would return for the (currently hypothetical) second season. American Horror Story, the other major cable anthology, has kept creator Ryan Murphy actively involved for its first three seasons, while the writing staff that features the likes of Tim Minear, James Wong, and Jennifer Salt has remained stable, as well, so there’s a chance that both Pizzalatto and Fukunaga could return.
The series premiere of True Detective is set to air Sunday, January 12th at 9:00 on HBO, the same night of the season premiere of Girls and series premiere of dramedy Looking. You can check out the first trailer for the series, whose first season is set to last eight episodes, here.
Will you be watching True Detective? Do you think the show looks like an HBO drama? How does the first trailer for the series compare to the second?