Challenge Accepted: HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE Will Compete in Drama Series Category at the Emmys

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Well this certainly makes things interesting.  HBO’s stellar True Detective is an anthology series, with each season telling a standalone story with different characters and a different cast, but it appears that the network is feeling rather bullish and will be submitting True Detective in the highly competitive Drama Series category at the upcoming Emmy Awards.  Many assumed HBO would be submitting True Detective as a Miniseries, where it would no doubt clean up with awards for the show as a whole, director Cary Fukunaga, writer/creator Nic Pizzolato, and actors Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

However, with this interesting turn of events, True Detective will now square off directly with Breaking Bad’s final season in the fiercely competitive drama series field.  Hit the jump for more.

THE COLLISION: Episode 79 – TRUE DETECTIVE

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by TV editor Allison Keene to discuss HBO’s True Detective.  We talk about the show’s instant-hit status, the way it subverts the buddy-cop drama and other unique aspects, viewer expectations, positive and negative reactions to the series, and much more.  We also look ahead to other quality TV shows that have recently returned (like Hannibal and Bates Motel) or are about to return (like Game of Thrones and Veep).  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The 86th Academy Awards”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

Deleted Scene from TRUE DETECTIVE Reveals Rust and Laurie’s Break-Up

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Love it or hate it, the season finale of True Detective’s inaugural run was one of the most talked about hours of television so far this year.  Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with Allison’s recaps, but even if you’ve been obsessed with Nic Pizzolatto’s series this year, there’s a good chance you missed a few things.  Like, remember when Matthew McConaughey’s moody character, Rust Cohle, temporarily found love again with Elizabeth Reaser’s Laurie Spencer?  Did you ever wonder what happened to split the two of them up (or why Reaser had one total line all season)?  Well, now you can find out in this newly released deleted scene from the HBO series.  Hit the jump to check it out.

TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolato Talks Season 1 Finale and Alternate Endings; Teases Season 2 Plot Details

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HBO’s stellar True Detective came to a close last night with its first season finale, which was essentially a series finale given that the show is an anthology series and the finale closed out the story of Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Chole and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart for good.  The finale appears to have had a bit of a polarizing reaction on its audience, with those deeply invested in the mythology and clue-hunting coming away a bit disappointed and those who were more engrossed in the character study aspect of the series feeling fulfilled.  Personally, I find myself in the latter category as I thought writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Fukunaga delivered a stellar finale that stuck the show’s primary focus: the characters.

While many are still trying to piece together what was and wasn’t answered, Pizzolato took part in an illuminating post-mortem on the finale, discussing the concluding chapter of the show and other alternate endings he considered.  The scribe also provided a tantalizing tease about season two, which will “keep being strange” and involve “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Read on after the jump, but beware of full spoilers for the True Detective finale.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Finale Recap: “Form and Void”

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True Detective‘s finale should have proven, without a doubt, the narrative benefits of a limited series.  “Form and Void,” like almost everything about the series, illustrated a singularity of vision that has come to define True Detective.  It was also possibly the most novelistic of any of the series’ individual episodes.  “Form and Void” was the conclusion of a story whose design and intent were always known, and the tale that the series managed to spin in those mere eight episodes, with such weight, such darkness, yet such strange beauty, was spellbinding.  Hit the jump if you want to make flowers ….

TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolato Says Season 2 Will Likely Have More Than One Director

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Season one of HBO’s brilliant anthology drama series True Detective comes to a close this weekend with Sunday’s episode, but there’s little doubt that the show will return for a second season.  The ratings have been stellar, buzz has been aplenty, and the anthology conceit of the show allows for an entirely new cast to take over the True Detective world in a second season.  One of the key aspects of the show that’s made it so engaging thus far has been that every single episode was written by creator Nic Pizzolato and directed by Cary Fukunaga.  It was a massive undertaking for one filmmaker to helm all eight episodes, but it provided a cohesiveness to the story that’s rarely found in episodic television.

Unfortunately, it sounds like season two won’t follow this exact same format, as directing every episode proved incredibly exhausting for Fukunaga and is time-prohibitive if HBO wants a new season every year.  Hit the jump for more on what Pizzolato had to say about season two.

TRUE DETECTIVE Recap: “After You’ve Gone”

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What’s so interesting about True Detective‘s penultimate episode “After You’ve Gone” is — in terms of the case — not what it revealed, but what it held back.  Often, the penultimate hour is when the real shit goes down (so to speak), and the finale is the aftermath and conclusion.  This seems like it should be particularly true since Marty and Rust’s stories end next week, and don’t have a second season to work things out further.  It’s an unsettling feeling that they’re so close, but not close enough, and the idea that the show could end without overt resolution on the case is a little maddening.  But “After You’ve Gone” did contain a number of resolutions that, though subtle, have set up the finale beautifully.  Hit the jump for more.

TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolatto Hints at Season 2 Possibly Having Prominent Female Characters

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True Detective is the best show currently on television.  It’s doing fun things with narrative, features tremendous performances, subverts the traditional detective drama, and goes big with meditations on trying to find answers in a brutal, vile, despicable world.  However, the show has been criticized as having a woman problem since almost all of the female characters are either timid, slutty, or of an otherwise unfavorable disposition.  While I agree with this assessment, I believe it ignores the overall context of the series (I’ll explain after the jump).  Nevertheless, creator Nic Pizzolatto isn’t oblivious to female characters, and he hinted that if season two comes along (it hasn’t been officially ordered by HBO), women might play a more prominent role.

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TRUE DETECTIVE Director Cary Fukunaga Developing A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR with Edward Norton; Discusses His IT Adaptation and POMPEII

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Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga is rightfully garnering an intense amount of attention as his HBO series True Detective continues to mesmerize week after week.  In an atypical move for television, Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of True Detective, and the result of his collaboration with writer Nic Pizzolatto is truly stunning.  Fukunaga already has two features under his belt—Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre—and he’s developing a number of others, but in a recent interview he revealed another project that he’s been working on with Edward Norton that would see him tackle the Great War.  He also provided a bit of trivia by noting that Alejandro González Iñárritu was briefly attached to direct True Detective before he came aboard.

Hit the jump for more, including Fukunaga’s brutally honest thoughts on Pompeii and an update on his two-part It adaptation.

TRUE DETECTIVE Director Cary Fukunaga Preemptively Sells Pitch to Fox; Will Executive Produce Season 2 of Hit HBO Series

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True Detective is the best show currently on TV, and part of the reason for that is director Cary Fukunaga, who helmed all eight episodes of the season.  Hopefully, fans of True Detective have rushed out to check out his two excellent features Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre, and they’ll look forward to his upcoming projects.  His next projects is the African child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, and he’s also attached to a two-film adaptation of Stephen King‘s It as well as an adaptation of Paul Kix‘s World War II book Noble Assassin.  According to Deadline, Fukunaga will be adding another war story to his slate after preemptively selling an untitled pitch to fox.  The only details about the project are that “it’s set in a contemporary wartime context” and will be written by Nicole Riegel.

Deadline also reports that Fukunaga will stay on with True Detective in an executive producer capacity.  “Executive Producer” is an elastic term, and with so much else on Fukunaga’s plate, we don’t know how involved he’ll be in season two, but it’s good to know that he’s not departing the show entirely.

TRUE DETECTIVE Recap: “Haunted Houses”

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There was a lot of discussion after last week’s episode about what kind of show True Detective really is.  Some felt kind of duped into believing it was a cop drama, before getting drawn into what has become an emotional and metaphysical slugfest of souls.  But why do they have to be mutually exclusive?  True Detective clearly gives time to both, and the point is that this crime triggered something in Martin and Rust that changed them, fundamentally, forever.  Or to look at it another way, the crime facilitated, or even acted as an excuse, for them to go deep into their own darkness.  Hit the jump for why I think we should talk, but you can buy the beer.

Michelle Monaghan Talks TRUE DETECTIVE, Joining the Show, Working with Cary Fukunaga, the Mood on Set, Future Projects, and More

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HBO’s eight-episode drama series True Detective tells the story of detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), whose lives entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer that started with the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 and continues into the re-opening of the case in 2012.  The show is as intriguing as it is unsettling, expertly acted and compellingly brought to life.  It’s dark, brutal and volatile, and having now seen through Episode 7, I can promise you that you are in for quite a ride.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actress Michelle Monaghan (who plays Martin’s wife, Maggie Hart) talked about how she came to be a part of True Detective, what attracted her to this story and character, who Martin and Maggie were when they first met, as opposed to now, how she views the relationship between Maggie and Rust, what it was like to work with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, why it made a difference to have the same writer (Nic Pizzolatto) and same director (Cary Fukunaga) for all eight episodes, how the mood on set managed to stay pretty light, and how excited she is to see what comes next from Nic Pizzolatto.  She also talked about shooting the pilot for Ryan Murphy’s new HBO series Open, which is a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships that centers on five lead characters, shooting the Nicholas Sparks film The Best of Me once that’s done, and how cool it was to voice Wonder Woman for Justice League: War.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

TRUE DETECTIVE Recap: “The Secret Fate of All Life”

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After last week’s intensive and mesmerizing episode (that unbroken shot … that unbroken shot!), True Detective kept firing on all cylinders in “The Secret Fate Of All Life,” revealing something most had already guessed, and something a little surprising.  The show also shifted gears temporally.  The setting is now 2002, and what happened between then and 2010 is the real mystery.  Hit the jump for why “there’s a shadow in you, son.”

Watch the Incredible Six-Minute Tracking Shot from Sunday’s Episode of TRUE DETECTIVE

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HBO’s True Detective is one of the best things happening right now; not just in TV, but across any medium.  The ambitious anthology series follows two detectives played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as they recount, in frame story, a case they worked in the 1990s.  All eight episodes of the first season were written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), bringing a fantastic consistency and cohesiveness to each episode.  The performances by McConaughey and Harrelson are absolutely phenomenal, the storytelling is unendingly compelling and thought-provoking, and Fukunaga’s direction is inspired.

This past Sunday’s episode “Who Goes There” concluded with a six-minute long intricate, intense tracking shot that showcases the very best of what True Detective has to offer, and the shot is now available online to watch in all its glory.  It’s a jaw-dropping piece of work that speaks volumes about the talent involved in this show.  Watch the shot after the jump, and if you haven’t seen True Detective yet, I highly suggest rectifying that immediately.

TRUE DETECTIVE Recap: “Who Goes There”

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In its fourth episode, True Detective showed a whole new side to itself.  Not only was the rhythm of the episode frantic instead of languid, but both Martin and Rust were in extreme turmoil.  And, for the first time, Rust lied to the police in the present time frame, to coverup his whereabouts in a drug raid that turned, as he suspected, “into Mogadishu.”  True Detective amped itself up for another hour of mesmerizing and heart-pounding television, the likes of which really haven’t been since — dare I say it? Breaking Bad.  Hit the jump for why “you are the Michael Jordan of being a son of a bitch.”

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