HBO picks up Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson’s ‘True Detective’


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Woody Harrelson is coming back to a place where everybody knows his name: the TV series world. The actor will appear opposite friend Matthew McConaughey on HBO in ‘True Detective,’ Show Tracker has confirmed.

The cop drama was given an eight-episode order by the premium cable network after being shopped around to networks earlier this month. Written by Nic Pizzolatto (who has written for the AMC series ‘The Killing’), the first season will center on a pair of detectives, Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey), whose paths cross while searching for a serial killer in Lousiana. Subsequent seasons will feature a new cast and story -- similar to the approach of ‘American Horror Story’ on FX.


‘True Detective’ will be McConaughey’s first series regular commitment -- maybe his cameo on ‘Sex and the City’ 12 years ago gave him the TV itch? For Harrelson, though, it would bring him back to a small- screen series. His breakthrough role came in the mid-’80s when he appeared as the dumb but lovable bartender Woody Boyd on ‘Cheers.’ And HBO is familar territory for the actor, he costarred in the TV movie ‘Game Change’ as Republican strategist Steve Schmidt earlier this year.

No word on when production will start or when ‘True Detective’ will premiere.


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