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HBO's New Summer Drama 'The Night Of' Has 'True Detective' Potential

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 19, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 19, 2016 |

HBO’s drama department is currently in disarray (more on that later), and until this week, we had no idea what the network would replace True Detective with this summer what with no season three of the Nic Pizzolatto series in sight. They finally announced today that they would follow Game of Thrones on the schedule with The Night Of, an eight-part limited series from Steven Zaillian (writer of A Civil Action, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Richard Price (author of Clockers and the screenplays for The Color of Money and Child 44).

The series stars John Turturro and Riz Ahmed. According to the press release, The Night Of “delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.”

That sounds True Detective-esque, although the teaser trailer has a very different vibe.

I love a good murder mystery with cultural and political overtones. Let’s hope this one is good. There’s not a lot of buzz on it, but neither was there a lot of buzz on True Detective before it debuted, and while this is billed as a “limited series,” those limited series have a tendency to become “anthology series” if they are hits.

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