HBO might be losing one of its 'true' series come 2014, but it's gaining another one: the crime drama 'True Detective' will be joining the network's lineup early next year -- in January, it was announced on Thursday.
The eight-episode series, set in New Orleans, follows two detectives whose lives are brought together by a bizarre murder case in 1995 -- and again in 2012 when the case is re-opened. Some big names are attached to star -- Woody Harrelson will play detective Martin Hart, while Matthew McConaughey will play Det. Rust Cohle.
The series is created and will be written by Nick Pizzolatto, one of the writers behind the stellar first season of AMC's 'The Killing.'
A first trailer for the series is slated to premiere in front of this Sunday's season premiere of 'Boardwalk Empire.' No concrete date has been yet set from 'True Detective's' premiere.
'True Detective' will be the first new HBO series to premiere in 2014: other shows on HBO's development slate include gay comedy 'Looking,' medical comedy 'Getting On,' and the Damon Lindelof-penned rapture drama series 'The Leftovers.'
While I think that the television landscape is a little oversaturated with serial killers at the moment -- 'The Following,' 'Hannibal,' 'The Killing,' etc. -- 'True Detective' has some serious pedigree working in its favor. The big names of Harrelson and McCounaghey -- the later of whom is in a fantastic mid-career comeback -- are enough to get me to tune in. What about you?