The cable channel has given the show a straight-to-series order of eight epsiodes, Deadline reports. The show will be McConaughey’s first-ever regular role on a series and Harrelson’s first since “Cheers” ended in 1993.
The series from writer Nic Pizzolatto (“The Killing”) snagged its two stars before being shopped to networks. It follows two detectives who investigate a serial killer in Louisiana, splitting the narrative between 1995, when the case first opens, and the present, when Harrelson and McConaughey’s characters are testifying in court. Cary Fukunaga (“Jane Eyre”) is set to direct all eight episodes and executive produce with Pizzolatto, Richard Brown and Steve Golin.
“True Detective” is set up as an anthology: Subsequent seasons would use a similar structure but would follow different characters. Harrelson and McConaughey would therefore be committed to only a year of work on the show.
There’s no word on when the show will go into production or be on the air.