HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Gets Second Season Order

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There is no doubt at all folks – HBO’s gritty southern gothic crime drama True Detective is the most compelling series on television right now.  The dark police procedural starring inevitable Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson has earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for its jigsaw puzzle mystery and involving narrative.  It also earned HBO their highest-rated debut in the network’s history.  And they’ve definitely seen the potential.

In turn, the network has preemptively renewed the series for a second season.  Show-runner/writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto will return once more with collaborator/director Cary Fukunaga.  It’s being reported that Fukunaga is currently prepping a draft of the second season story for HBO executives, with a self-contained format similar to what Ryan Murphy has done with American Horror Story.  In essence, McConaughey and Harrelson will not return for the show’s second outing.  The next series will feature two brand new characters, and a brand new story.

It’s rare that a series is as universally-praised as True Detective, but after watching it, I can see why.  Despite all of the praise that McConaughey is receiving for his recent slate of film work (aptly dubbed “The McConaissance”), his performance on this series is hands down the best work he’s done so far.  If you’re not watching, there’s still time for you to catch up.  Episode three just aired last Sunday, and it isn’t returning until February 9th so as not to conflict with the Super Bowl.  Here’s a quick synopsis of the show’s story for the uninitiated:

Two Louisiana detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, are investigating a the murder of a young girl who’s death appears to be ritualistic in nature.  Their findings draw them into a deep and unsettling mystery that will ultimately put them in the sights of a mercurial psychopath, whose motives are disturbing and unclear.

As I said before, I can’t encourage you enough to watch this show.  It is absolutely engrossing from start to finish.  HBO has been churning out some really great television over the years, but this is by and large their most ambitious project to date.  There’s five more episodes left, and you can watch them when they pick up again on February 9.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

by Damen Norton on January 31st, 2014

Damen is a cinephile who has had the experience of interviewing Nicolas Cage... and living to tell about it.

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