True Detective set to return for third season on January 13th

Pictured: Mahershala Ali (Credit: Warrick Page/HBO)

TRUE DETECTIVE will return for its eight-episode third season SUNDAY, JAN. 13 (9:00–10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time.

The new season tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Mahershala Ali stars as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff also star. As always, the show is created by Nic Pizzolatto.

The first season of True Detective is widely regarded as one of the finest single seasons of television ever. The plot of season one followed two hesitant friends (played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson and McConaughey) on their journey to find a far-stretching ring of ritualistic murderers in Louisiana and was directed by Cary Fukunaga. His “oner” in the fourth episode is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful shots in cinematic history.

Season two of the series took up a slower pace and starred Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn. While season one proved to be a tough act to follow, there are moments of brilliance in the second chapter from Pizzolatto. Ultimatley, though, the season season left a bit to be desired and fans wondered if the show had hit any gas left in the tank.

The third installment, as always, will feature a new cast and a new story. Interestingly enough, this season will take place in the Ozarks, a place that television connoisseurs have recently become aware of through the brilliant Netflix show, Ozark.

This announcement is great news for fans of the show and particularly for those who loved the first season, only to be disappointed with the show’s Exodus project.

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