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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM

One to watch: ‘True Detective’ on HBO

This won’t be an entirely TV version of P&P this week (the Oscar nominations are coming right up), but I wanted to put in a plug for a show that seems a little bit under the radar, and which plays on the crowded Sunday nights already occupied by “Downton Abbey” and (next week) “Sherlock.” “True Detective,” a smart crime drama directed with moody atmosphere by Cary Fukunaga (who, in the film world, brought us “Sin Nombre” and the very good Mia Wasikowska “Jane Eyre”), stars the why-did-nobody-put-them-together-before-this* duo of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, as a pair of Louisiana cops. Well, they were once a pair of Louisiana cops; the first episode has them, in 2012, being interviewed about a murder case they investigated in 1995. The two men are greatly changed, presumably by that investigation, and there’s much we don’t yet know — but I’m hooked. This is an eight-episode series, and word is McConaughey and Harrelson aren’t doing another one (well, McConaughey said it, in an interview last week), so check it out before it’s gone.

"True Detective." James Bridges/Courtesy HBO/MCT.

“True Detective.” James Bridges/Courtesy HBO/MCT.

*Update: OK, a Gentle Reader (wait, no, that’s Miss Manners) has informed me that McConaughey and Harrelson have indeed been cast together before — as brothers, in fact — in the 1999 comedy “EdTV.” Which I don’t think I ever saw, but now will have to check out. Thank you, Ellen!

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