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.
*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!