Watch With Amanda’s TV Pick Of The Week: True Detective

Matthew McConaughey won big at the Golden Globes last night, but his best performance aired over on HBO where the new series True Detective premiered.


McConaughey stars alongside the equally compelling Woody Harrelson in this new drama about Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart. The series takes place in 2012 where the two detectives are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. The episodes continue to jump back and forth between timelines, where we learn more about the rocky relationship between the two detectives and how they caught their serial killer. The series also stars Michelle Monaghan (Gone Baby Gone) and Michael Potts (The Wire).

The show is split into eight episodes and uses an anthology format, similar to American Horror Story. This means that if it returns for a second season (which I would bet money that it would), it will not include McConaughey or Harrelson. And even more interesting, the reason there are only eight episodes is because the series was written like a film. Each of the eight episodes was written by novelist and screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto entirely on his own. He described his writing process to Los Angeles Magazine saying “Over the summer of 2012, when everybody else was on vacation, I was locked up in a converted garage in Van Nuys working on the script. It took two and half to three months—it gets hazy—but about five hundred pages. The walls were covered with post it notes filled with tiny handwriting. My office looked like something out of A Beautiful Mind. That was part of the reason why I didn’t put together a writer’s room. I just didn’t know how to explain to anybody what I had been doing. I powered down and got through it. It was intense. The last two weeks of the writing, my wife took our daughter to visit her parents and when they got back she found me on the living room recliner, shirtless, with empty bottles all around me.” Following this same idea, each episode is directed by Cary Fukunaga which will add some nice continuity to the overall series.

If you haven’t watched last night’s premiere of True Detective, do that asap. You will quickly understand why everyone is saying McConaughey will be receiving another Globe next year. The second outing airs next Sunday January 19th at 9:00pm EST on HBO.

View the trailer for Episode Two below.

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