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    Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey to Star in Crime Series TRUE DETECTIVE

    Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are teaming up for what could be one of the most exciting drama series in recent memory. The two are set to star in the eight-episode first season of True Detective, with Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga onboard to helm all eight episodes. The show is described as an “elevated serial narrative” that uses multiple perspectives and time frames. Harrelson and McConaughey will star as two detectives “whose lives collide and entwine during a seventeen-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened.” Hit the jump for more on the project, including how long Harrelson and McConaughey plan on sticking around.

    Per Deadline, the concept for the show is to resolve the mystery at hand at the end of the first season, with subsequent seasons utilizing the same structure but with different characters and story (not unlike the anthology approach to American Horror Story). I maintain that we’re living during a Golden Age of television, and the storytelling approach to True Detective sounds like it will fit in perfectly.

    Beyond the fact that a Harrelson/McConaughey cop drama sounds bad ass, Fukunaga is an incredibly promising young director. He’s already proven that his visual and character-centric prowess transcends genre by going from the violence-heavy Sin Nombre to the Gothic romance drama Jane Eyre (and executing both to great success), and I can’t wait to see him put his stamp on the “cop drama” genre.

    Producers are currently shopping the project, written by Nic Pizzolatto (The Killing), to the cable networks, and I’m selfishly hoping it lands on HBO. Though the network definitely has a ton of successful series already on its plate (with many more to come), the premium channel allows for an enormous amount of creative freedom that I think would give Fukunaga the room to flourish creatively.
    Agree wholeheartedly to the boldened part. Really happy that American Horror Story is influencing other shows with it's format. There is all kinds of room to grow from there.

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    Touch still struggles, Thrones stays strong and 22 more genre shows | Blastr

    The fact that Awake is almost certainly going to be cancelled KILLS me. There was an episode 2 weeks ago(the one w/the fbi profiler & serial killer) that not only was a little mini movie squeezed into a 40 some odd minute episode but also showed all these LOST wannabes how you roll out your long plan backstory. This is a show that is just so well done and the few glimpses they give into the greater plan of the show are fantastic. Just a real shame.
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    A Preview of Grimm Episode 1.18 Cat and Mouse; Win a Trip to Comic-Con | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    I am still watching this show even though I find my myself asking myself why. It's extremely formulaic and repetetive w/the main character constantly making dumb decisions. I wouldn't be so mad about it if AWAKE, which is a FAR superior show, wasn't dying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post

    I am still watching this show even though I find my myself asking myself why. It's extremely formulaic and repetetive w/the main character constantly making dumb decisions. I wouldn't be so mad about it if AWAKE, which is a FAR superior show, wasn't dying.
    Was that guy really eating chapstick?

    Fun show that has stretched 1 season waaay long, yet I keep watching too. I just like it! (and does tend to be quite graphic at times).

    Monroe is great
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    Touch still struggles, Thrones stays strong and 22 more genre shows | Blastr

    The fact that Awake is almost certainly going to be cancelled KILLS me. There was an episode 2 weeks ago(the one w/the fbi profiler & serial killer) that not only was a little mini movie squeezed into a 40 some odd minute episode but also showed all these LOST wannabes how you roll out your long plan backstory. This is a show that is just so well done and the few glimpses they give into the greater plan of the show are fantastic. Just a real shame.
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    A Preview of Grimm Episode 1.18 Cat and Mouse; Win a Trip to Comic-Con | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central

    I am still watching this show even though I find my myself asking myself why. It's extremely formulaic and repetetive w/the main character constantly making dumb decisions. I wouldn't be so mad about it if AWAKE, which is a FAR superior show, wasn't dying.

    But lookahere....

    How long can a show like Awake REALLY stretch it's premise? I mean I love the show... but I'm already starting to get antsy for an answer. Just because a show is good and has a good hook doesn't mean it should last 3, 4 seasons etc etc...

    As for Grimm... Grimm is just so much well made fluffery. If it goes away I'd never miss it but I enjoy each episode.
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    ooooh, we have a conversation here. First off, Monroe is awesome. Not enough of him on the show. And what is with NBCs rollout of the show? On for 2 weeks off for 3 back on for 4...etc. Like I said, still watching but it frustrates me that this admittedly junky show is doing better than AWAKE. And Doc I have to disagree(surprised?) between the serial killer hinting at things to come and the penguin from 2 weeks ago...oh yeah and if he moves in one world(Portland?) does he sever ties with the other, etc. I am not getting tired with the mechanics of the show. I am truly fascinated and each week seems to bring a new potential twist that they aren't forcing. Maybe I am more patient than most, but I think the episodes stand alone storywise while casually getting us involved in the long term mythology. Just the way it is done as I have said, with one world the 'loving mother' psychiatrist with the muted subdued light and colors to the other, male, more prickly psychiatrist with the bright sunny washed out colors...it all works. Jason Isaac is a tremendous anchor...just broken enough to pull it off. The kid suffers from the pouty male child that almost all shows seem to be dealing with these days, but it's a small thing. I may be overly sentimental but there is usually at least one moment per episode that genuinely moves me because he is dealing with such a love/loss situation. I think Awake is a show that not only has more potential but is certainly doing far better work already than Grimm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay View Post
    If it goes away I'd never miss it but I enjoy each episode.
    like poetry

    speaking of Grimm - I love how the potions seemingly made no sense, yet Monroe's soon-to-be girlfriend was able to come up with solutions so quickly. (who recognizes her from old episodes of MTV's Undressed? - I should smack myself for coming up with that).

    that one episode with the dude and his stripper daughter breathing fire by making themselves vomit was ******g great.
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    Hypothetically it has more potential........ but at some point both worlds have to move past the recovery stage of post accident grief... and then what?

    You just have a crazy man dealing with two different lives. He doesn't have to be dreaming to do that and he doesn't have to have dead relatives for that either. The real hook is the trauma and not wanting to let go right? I dunno I just think it's one of those shows that might be really great as a one season show but I hope they don't try and hint at too much stuff that never gets resolved.

    Like LIFE did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Naysay View Post
    Hypothetically it has more potential........ but at some point both worlds have to move past the recovery stage of post accident grief... and then what?

    You just have a crazy man dealing with two different lives. He doesn't have to be dreaming to do that and he doesn't have to have dead relatives for that either. The real hook is the trauma and not wanting to let go right? I dunno I just think it's one of those shows that might be really great as a one season show but I hope they don't try and hint at too much stuff that never gets resolved.

    Like LIFE did.
    See, I disagree with that based solely on the mysterious discussions between the Captain and her superior(?) in the hinted conspiracy, and the serial killer's tease about folks that slide sideways between the worlds. Maybe the eventual endgame will be more than just trauma resolution. It may just be hopeful fanboy-ism on my part but I could see a scenario where they change the whole dynamic of the show and Issac's character hunts others like the serial killer who have been 'altered' by whatever conspiracy caused the captain's people to stage 'the accident' and make Britten what he is. The writers of the show are free to take this idea and run with it by the way. And, what if, the 2 psychiatrists are actually 'handlers'...see that's just one of the directions they can go in, regardless the writing/acting is so strong that I want to see more.

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