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'True Detective' trailer debuts: 'The world needs bad men'


HBO has released the official trailer for its January drama "True Detective," starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

The trailer debuted Sunday during the season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire." It introduces Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), two Louisiana State Police detectives who are asked in 2012 to revisit a homicide case they worked back in 1995.

"Did you wonder, ever, if you're a bad man?" Hart asks.

"The world needs bad men," Cohle responds. "We keep the other bad men from the door."

With that exchange, and wording on the show's darknessbecomesyou.com web page—"When you touch the darkness, the darkness touches you back"—there's little doubt that at least one of these detectives stepped over the line between right and wrong.

The eight-episode "True Detective" is set to premiere in January 2014. Here's what HBO has to say about the series, which will be an anthology series and change its story and central characters each season the same way "American Horror Story" on FX has.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you going to watch?

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995. The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is pulled back into a world they believed they'd left behind. In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.

Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto ('The Killing') and directed by Cary Fukunaga ('Sin Nombre,' 'Jane Eyre'), 'True Detective' stars Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart and Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle. The series also stars Michelle Monaghan (‘Mission: Impossible III') as Maggie, Hart's wife; Kevin Dunn ('Veep') as Major Quesada, the supervising officer in 1995; and Tory Kittles ('Sons of Anarchy') and Michael Potts ('The Wire') as Dets. Papania and Gilbough, the investigators now probing Hart and Cohle for answers.

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