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What Will Be TV's Next 'True Detective'? Here's a Strong Possibility

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | March 4, 2014 | Comments ()


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Shows like True Detective that pull us into their rabbit holes are hard to come by. How many television series can you think of that have led you to seek out answers outside of the episodes themselves? How many shows have inspired you to really dig in, read theories, come up with your own? How often do we get a television show that actually challenges us, that actually puts our lousy liberal arts degrees to use? Since Lost? Maybe three or four, tops. Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sherlock and True Detective. Maybe Justified or Game of Thrones on occasion (at least they’re based on novels).

I have a sneaking suspicion the next great series may be just around the corner, premiering in April, in fact. What is it? FX’s Fargo, a series that was initially met with great skepticism (in fact, the an attempt to get a drama based on the Coen Brothers’ movie off the ground failed several years ago), but that has morphed into a great possibility. Why? Because the Coen Brothers have given it their blessing. Because while many of the characters and the setting are the same as the movie, the storyline is not. Because the cast — Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Kate Walsh, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Goldberg, Oliver Platt — is outstanding, and because it’s on FX, which has not yet failed us in the drama department.

I have high hopes, and the series for very short teasers for the series — which give nothing away — have increased those hopes. The four teasers start slow, but by the fourth clip I was in. It’s gonna be f**king fantastic.

Start working on your theories.




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  • e jerry powell

    "and because it’s on FX, which has not yet failed us in the drama department."
    That might be a teeeeny bit hyperbolic. For example, everything past season two of "Nip/Tuck."

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Well I don't know, they put that True-Detective on at the factory...

  • As someone who regularly has to scrape ice off the windshield of his car, I have to say it's a little bothersome how ridiculously inaccurate the first clip here is. Seriously. Anyone -- even people who've never scraped a window -- can see that he's just pushing loose snow away. No need for the scraper. You need to be using the brush, Billy Bob.

    It might seem like a petty complaint, but as my first taste of this show, it doesn't exactly fill me with hope.

  • JJ

    I've got more bad news for you: it's not even real snow! They sit on a throne of lies!

    Personally, I'm looking forward to being able to air all of our Midwestern passive-aggressive insecurities.

  • Shep

    I thought the same thing. Scraping my window this morning was a long process. Beyond that Buscemi was so great in Fargo that you actually felt cold for him. Like digging the hole for the suitcase, etc.

    Hell, with that powdery snow Billy-Bob was dealing with he could have just used the damn wipers.

  • BWeaves

    Every morning, my darling husband wakes me up to tell me the weather forecast in Fargo, ND. We live in Orlando, FL. He loves to say things like, "It's going to get up to NEGATIVE 27 in Fargo today." Meanwhile, I'm trying to decide which tank top will be the least likely to make me sweat today.

    In other words, I'm making him watch Fargo.

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