Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are so dynamic that they could each have their own attention grabbing show on HBO. Putting them together as Louisiana homicide detectives in the new HBO drama “True Detective” sets a high bar for the new show. Harrelson is still one of the best actors in Hollywood, whether he’s vamping it up on the “Hunger Games” set or making fiction better than reality in “Game Change”. McConaughey to is no slouch. His recent stretch of work has been the best of his career. From “The Lincoln Lawyer” to “Mud”, “Wolf of Wall Street”, and his Oscar buzzed role in “Dallas Buyers Club”, he’s no longer just the guy who takes his shirt off.
“True Detective” is about a murder case first investigated by Harrelson and McConaughey, but never solved. The show cuts between two time periods; the initial investigation of the case and a reopening of the case 17 years later by a cold case team who interviews the two detectives. The show is designed to tell a complete story in one season, and subsequent seasons would incorporate new cases and detectives into the mix. This means we’re only getting one full season from this duo, but that could help in the writers being able to tell a complete story.
Here’s the synopsis of tonight’s episode from HBO.
Former Louisiana State CID partners, Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart, give statements to a pair of investigators about the murder of a prostitute that took place 17 years earlier.
McConaughey plays Rustin Cohle and Harrelson is Martin Hart. The show is worth watching just to hear them say those names over and over again. Look at them in that pic from the show. They are dripping in Louisiana drawl and swampland. These two guys know how to mine the deep south for character tics.
A lot is riding on the success of “True Detective” for HBO. It not only could be a great lead in for “Girls”, but HBO is in need of another break out hit. With “Boardwalk Empire” now heading towards itslast season, and other HBO hits long gone, the network needs to replant their flag as “the place” for quality programming.
Date: Sunday, January 12th
Episode Title: “The Long Bright Dark”
Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
Online Stream: HBO.com