Hard to believe it's only been a few years since a movie star's downgrade to TV was as inauspicious a portent as a trailer where Matthew McConaughey takes his shirt off. Now, thanks to some cable channels taking some risks, and to McConaughey recently ceding his romantic-comedy seat as go-to hunky cad, a series can--against all odds--have both those things and still end up looking pretty great. Case in point: True Detective, HBO's latest thing you'll have to watch, a dark, eight-episode drama directed by the stylish eye of Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga.
The anthology series this season follows (true?) detectives Woody Harrelson and McConaughey on their 17-year hunt for what looks like a pagan-inspired serial killer. As the self-professed "steady" cop, Det. Harrelson balances the stress of the case with family life and occasional cosmic rollerskating. McConaughey, meanwhile, descends into Lone Star-drinking and mustache growth, as he is the "smart" one. How far we've come since 2008's Surfer, Dude/Fool's Gold double-feature.
Here's the dark and intense-looking new trailer: