One of the most eagerly awaited new dramas on television this Winter is the HBO series True Detective. If you haven’t been following our coverage, this is an eight episode drama that will follow two detectives (a drawl-off between Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) and one serial killer over the span of 17 years. The series is the first in a planned anthology (à la American Horror Story) and in the following behind-the-scenes look, Executive Producer Nic Pizzzolatto promises it will take the populist drama of the police procedural and turn it on its head in order to reveal larger truths about human nature. This is what The Killing was trying so desperately to achieve in its first two seasons and only managed to tap into during its third season.
The show is going to be a must-see if not for the gruesome, moody, Hannibal-esque beauty, then for the tour-de-force performances from two men enjoying a hell of a renaissance in their careers. As for the beauty, you need only look at director Cary Fukanaga’s previous work (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) to get your knickers in an anticipatory twist. As for the performances? Well Woody Harrelson calls this the best work of Matthew McConaughey’s career. Given how hard McConaughey blew my hair back in Dallas Buyer’s Club, that’s high praise indeed. I’m also deeply intrigued by Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts and Tory Kittles. So go ahead and have a look at the featurette. Drink for every new wig and every time they say a character’s full name.