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By Jef DinsmoreAuthor-Posts.png | HBO Series: True Detective | Dec 13, 2013


Production Company: Steve Golin’s Anonymous Content which is behind such movies as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich and Babel.

Written By: Nic Pizzolatto. He has written a short story collection and was a writer for AMC’sThe Killing. He is listed as the creator and sole writer for TRUE DETECTIVE.

Directed by: Cary Fukunaga. His movies of note are Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. His version of the Jane Austen story starred Mia Wasikowska of HBO’s IN TREATMENT.

Executive Producers: Richard Brown, Steve Golin, Brad Dorros, Nic Pizzolatto & Cary Fukunaga.

Cast: The show lists over twenty-five actors but only nine of them appear in all eight episodes. They are Matthew Mc Conaughey as Rust Cohle; Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart, Bruce Elliott as Trustee Levi; Randall Gonzalez as Detective Gonzalez; Tory Kittles as Papania; Michael Potts as Det. Maynard Gilbough; Eric Price as Detective Shinn; Madison Wolfe as Audrey Hart and David Stephen Mitchell as the Promise Keeper.

Details: In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they’d left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.

Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga TRUE DETECTIVE stars Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart and Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle. The series also stars Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible III) as Maggie, Hart’s wife; Kevin Dunn (VEEP) as Major Quesada, the supervising officer in 1995; and Tory Kittles (Sons of Anarchy) and Michael Potts THE WIRE as Dets. Papania and Gilbough, who are the investigators now probing Hart and Cohle for answers.

Ordered: One Season comprised of eight episodes. Since the show is meant to be an anthology series similar to FX’s American Horror Story each season will be a different case with different characters. The episodes of the premiere season are “The Long Bright Dark” ; “Seeing Things” ;“The Locked Room” ; “Who Goes There” ;“The Secret Fate of All Life” ; “Haunted Houses” ; “After You’ve Gone” and “Form and Void”

Premiere Date: The show will air Sunday nights beginning January 12th. It is an hour drama replacing the short-lived LUCK. HBO must want a solid drama to air in late winter. It will air 9:00pm – 10:00pm ET followed by Season Three of GIRLS and the new series LOOKING (which doesn’t premiere until 12.19.)

Status: Heavy promotion of TRUE DETECTIVE has been witnessed via a stand-alone promotional website at darknessbecomesyou.com. There are several video clips to be found there. The HBO Channel section of YouTube has some different ones still. All shed light on the dark and disturbing casework ahead for the detectives and sets the tone for the show quite nicely.

HBOWatch Links: Though there has not been much in the way of exposition about he show on our site, or any site really, there are again plenty of video clips. Here is what HBOWatch has given you.

We first brought the production to the site with a piece back on 05.02.12. Then over a series of three different posts we detailed the shaping cast list. The first Tease appeared onsite on 06.10.13. We talked about a premiere date in anticipation of the first Trailer which surfaced on 09.08.13. Then the barrage of clips rolled in. We looked at five alone in one post on 10.11.13 that was followed up with confirmation of the debut date and wrapped things up to date with thesecond Trailerand a Behind the Scenes clip.

Though there are more clips to explore, some of them reusing the same footage here are few clips not appearing on our site. Take a look.


In Conclusion: We think you get the idea by now. It is going to be, to quote the show, “deep and dark, detective, deep…and dark.” We at HBOWatch are excited to see this dramatic addition to the HBO schedule. Even though it is only eight episodes long it looks like quite a bit of gritty and impactful storyline will be contained therein. Clearly the promotional material makes it clear that the disturbing side of gruesome crime and the troubled psyches dealing with it on both sides of the law are forefront. The darkness of the case Cohle and Hart experienced back in 1995 resurfaces and so does the darkness within them. All is to be exposed beginning 01.12.14.

And it all centers on that tree.


We will be there every step of the way to see it unfold. We hope HBO fans will follow the show through the bitter cold months of winter and join us here at HBOWatch to revel in the deep & darkly sinister, mysterious and deadly world of the TRUE DETECTIVE.

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The eight episodes skip back and forth in time among events in 1995, 2002 and 2012. It was filmed in 300-and-something locations and has hundreds of speaking roles. It sounds epic.

True Detective: TV Review - The Hollywood Reporter

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are magnetic in HBO's impressive new drama series.

HBO's 'True Detective' with Harrelson, McConaughey is an unusual case - The Los Angeles Times

The HBO series 'True Detective' starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey has one writer, one director, and a second season would be a whole new case and cast.

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All the reviews I've seen have been really positive, except for Andy Greenwald's, but he's always struck me as a shitgoon writing for a shitbird website, anyway.

TV Review: ‘True Detective’ - Variety

Beyond the McConaughey-Harrelson pairing, HBO cop drama offers an intoxicating, multi-layered mystery

Rich and absorbing, this eight-part drama quickly vaults into elite company, offering a singular voice that's unlike almost anything else on TV.

Lori’s List: ‘Chicago P.D.,’ ‘Killer Women,’ ‘True Detective’ - Chicago Sun Times

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson should star in everything, always - that's how mesmerizing they are as Louisiana criminal investigators in HBO's new anthology True Detective.

On TV This Week: 'Babylon' Has Good Fun, 'Detective' Is The Real Deal - NPR

True Detective is very smartly written and structured, and artfully photographed. But it's the performances that dazzle me the most here.

'True Detective': HBO's Next Great Drama or Just Another Serial Killer Story? - indieWIRE

It has all the elements to be something eerie and excellent... like something thrillingly uncertain, not far from home and yet like no place you've ever seen.


True Detective is an impeccably acted, scripted, and directed show that actually finds something new to mine in the cops and serial killers genre.

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Very good news on the Alexandra Daddario front! She does indeed go topless (and more) in True Detective.

The shots from the trailers don’t lie, she doffs her top in Episode 2 of the series after handcuffing Woody Harrelson to a bed… but it gets better. She then gets up off the bed, turns around and bends over as she takes off her bottoms showing a great shot of her butt and very brief/dark full frontal as she turns back around. A front runner for nude scene of 2014 already. They’re real and they’re spectacular.

Michelle Monaghan shows breasts during a sex scene with Harrelson in Episode 3.


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This show is gonna be so ******* good. Has anyone done more to resurrect their career than Matthew McConaughey? He's a completely different actor now than he was 5 years ago.

Loved the cinematography in this opening episode too. Louisiana is such an eerie place to film, more movies and shows need to shoot there.

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