True Detective Premieres on HBO to Critical and Audience Raves

HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga

We’re excited and humbled by the reviews coming in for our new TV production which debuts on HBO this weekend. The show stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of detectives investigating a grisly murder in Louisiana. The show was created by our client Nic Pizzolatto, and all eight episodes were directed by Cary Fukunaga.


The Hollywood Reporter says:
“One of the benefits viewers (and critics) reap from continued and sustained excellence in the drama field is that writers and directors, perhaps feeling pressured to stand out even among the best, are experimenting more noticeably with tone, pace, structure and visual impact.

This experimentation was on display in some of 2013’s best dramas — like The Returned, Rectify, Broadchurch and others. There was something (sometimes a few things) distinct about these shows that made astute viewers keenly aware that originality was kicking at the corners of their television sets. And as 2014 get underway, we can add HBO’s magnificent and magnetic anthology series True Detective — which premieres Sunday, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. — to that list.

In fact, even though the new year is just beginning, there’s a real certainty that True Detective will feature prominently in the year-end best-of lists we’ve all just set aside. Who will forget this out-of-the-box knockout in 11 months? Nobody paying attention, that’s for sure.

True Detective has three immediately impressive attributes. The acting — by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson — is off the charts. The writing, by series creator and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, undulates from effectively brash soliloquies to penetratingly nuanced moments carried by sparse prose. Lastly, director Cary Fukunaga has created a beautiful, sprawling sense of place (the series is shot and set in Louisiana). With Pizzolatto writing all eight episodes and Fukunaga directing all eight, there’s an overt sense of a shared vision (at least in the four episodes sent by HBO). Perhaps that’s why this series seems so immediately self-assured, as if it was already in its third season.

For the full review, click here.