'True Detective' Preview: Will HBO's New Crime Drama Be Just Another 'CSI'?
'True Detective' Preview: Will HBO's New Crime Drama Be Just Another 'CSI'?
Christine Petralia
Christine Petralia
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
On the heels of Showtime's Dexter ending and to hold viewers over until Game of Thrones comes back, HBO has created its latest crime drama True Detective. The show stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two detectives brought in for questioning on a homicide case the pair worked on in 1995.

What the Heck is This Show About?

Martin Hart (Harrelson) is the more straight-forward, by-the-book detective who is paired up with Rustin Cohle (McConaughey), a detective with many dark secrets who keeps to himself. The two Louisiana State Police detectives worked on a high-profile homicide in 1995, which is reinvestigated in 2012 after officials say the files got destroyed by Hurricane Rita. As the two are interrogated separately, both tell their versions of the investigation.

The story is told through the eyes of Hart and Cohle and takes place in 1995, 2002 and 2012.

True Detective also stars Michelle Monaghan as Hart's wife, Kevin Dunn as Major Quesada (the supervising officer on the 1995 case) and Tory Kittles and Michael Potts as detectives Papania and Gilbough, the investigators now probing Hart and Cohle for answers. It is written and created by the creator of AMC's The Killing.

With Harrelson and McConaughey in the lead roles, I think True Detective will gain a cult following and do pretty well. Harrelson is always fantastic in everything he does. McConaughey has been taking on meatier, deeper roles, and I like where his career is going. If True Detective is great, I just might forgive him for Magic Mike.

Is This Really Just a Long Episode of CSI?

The short answer is no. It is a twist on a concept so familiar, which I like. It seems like it will take the darkness of Dexter, where maybe the good guy is actually a bad guy, with just a hint of CSI. And who doesn't love a good crime scene drama? It also looks like the series will really delve into the characters of Hart and Cohle, so the audience can understand them and see what makes them tick. Perhaps Hart seems very by-the-book, but he's the one with the dark past?

My one concern is if this one case is drawn out for the entire series, it could get boring. But maybe next season, it will be a whole other case the pair worked on that is now reopened. I am really curious and intrigued by what this series has to offer.

Harrelson, McConaughey and the rest of the cast and crew do a pretty good job at explaining the upcoming season of True Detective, which you can check out below:

And here is the trailer for the new series:

True Detective premieres Sunday, January 12 at 9pm on HBO.

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