"True Detective" (HBO, Jan. 12)
Now that "American Horror Story" has started a new trend in season-long anthology dramas, HBO takes a crack at the idea with this 8-episode series created by novelist Nic Pizzolatto, and starring Matthew McConnaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of Louisiana cops working on a case that ultimately spans 17 years. (If the show is renewed, Pizzolatto would come up with a new story featuring new characters and actors.) Based on the mesmerizing first few episodes, McConnaughey is an early favorite to win many TV awards next year, Harrelson isn't far behind him, and the idea of having a single writer and a single director (Cary Fukunaga) has paid off in a show that on paper sounds like so many others, but in practice feels like nothing else.
- Alan Sepinwall