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Can 'True Detective' Beat Tough Competition At The Emmys Competing As Drama Series Instead Of Miniseries?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2014 9:08 AM
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Okay, so we know all about The Yellow King and Carcosa, but it seems there's still more reason to keep talking about "True Detective." With the show an undeniable critical smash and audience hit, the next stop for program is on the awards trail, where it seems like a no-brainer for a slew of Emmy nominations. But in a challenge that would make Rust Cohle proud, HBO has made a decision that will add an extra obstacle to gathering up a sea of statues.

'True Detective' Goes Hardy Boys In Vintage Book Cover Mashups

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 12:40 PM
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Yes, it's been a couple weeks now since we said goodbye to "True Detective," but the show is still inspiring all kinds of parodies and tributes. From the Batman-themed opening credits to the Seth Rogen and Patton Oswalt spoof to Martin Hart witnessing the Red Wedding, the Internet has had plenty of fun with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. And now another creative take on the show has landed.

Watch: 'True Detective' & 'Batman' Opening Credits Mashup Plus Lyric Video For Theme Song 'Far From Any Road'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 19, 2014 1:04 PM
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No, we still haven't finished talking about the (sadly) finished “True Detective.” We plan to finish talking about it, oh, about a day before the second season starts airing, maybe? Maybe even later. And the rest of the internet is still with us on this one: they're still putting out various brilliant spoof videos, and here comes another one, featuring the truest detective of all: Batman.

Watch: Seth Rogen & Patton Oswalt Spoof 'True Detective' In New Viral Clips

Seth Rogen & Patton Oswalt Spoof 'True Detective' In New Viral Clips
The barbaric slaughterhouse we call life means "True Detective" is no more – at least not in the iteration that had Woody Harrelson, Mathew McConaughey and director Cary Fukunaga. That team will move on, but series creator/showrunner and main writer Nic Pizzolatto will be back. Read More »

2014 SXSW Audience Award Winners Include 'Cesar Chavez,' 'True Detective,' 'Silicon Valley' & More

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Film fans are now making their way from Austin and another year at the SXSW Film Festival, with bbq stains in unexpected places and flickering images still dancing in their head. And after the juries weighed in last week with the best of the fest, now regular audiences have noted on what was worth paying attention to this year in Texas. Read More »

Watch: A Deleted Scene From 'True Detective'; Rust & Laurie Break-Up

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 12, 2014 7:16 PM
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Let’s face it: you’re in “True Detective” withdrawal. You’ve watched the show once, watched it twice and you’re all out of internet theories and clues to look for. You don’t know what to do. Your head is not screwed on straight. You’re thinking human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. You’re worried that you’re absorbing dread with this self-fulfilling narrative of denial. You’re hoping and wishing for some sort of catharsis, but you realize “True Detective” is a virus that has rewritten the pathways to your brain and has dulled critical thinking.

'True Detective' Director Cary Fukunaga Says Clues In The Show Were A Mix Of Intentional & Accidental

  • By Ben Brock
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  • March 12, 2014 10:42 AM
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If you think that we (and the rest of the internet) were gonna stop talking about “True Detective” just because the show is over then you're about as wrong as the people who thought it was Maggie's dad all along (seriously, how did that get traction?). While there's been plenty of talk around here about season 2 and the people who might work on it (here's five directors we'd like to see in the mix), with the anthology format meaning there'll be a whole new cast and a new director (or several), we're also not done thinking about the first season, and nor is director Cary Fukanaga, who talked with Vulture about people's reactions to the final episode and the season as a whole, notably pushing back against the legions of Chekhov's gunmen online who insist that every little thing had to tie into the final mystery.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Winners Include 'Fort Tilden,' 'The Great Invisible,' 'True Detective' & More

It seems like it just started yesterday, but the curtains are beginning to close on another SXSW Film Festival. And part of that process means handing out awards, with the SXSW jury revealing the winners who will be leaving Austin with more than just BBQ stains and memories of a great time. Read More »

5 Directors We Want To See Tackle 'True Detective' Season 2

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 1:20 PM
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Well, the most-talked about TV drama since "Breaking Bad" is done for the moment, with the eighth episode of "True Detective" airing on HBO Sunday night, providing closure on the Yellow King and the spread of the conspiracy (catch up with our recap of the final part here). For the last couple of months, the internet has been abuzz with theories, arguments and think-pieces: whatever you think of Nic Pizzolatto's show, there's no denying that it provided an awful lot to chew on.

Exploring The Season Finale Of 'True Detective' & What We’d Like To See Carry Over To Season 2

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 10, 2014 4:16 PM
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This morning, a dull, gray dawn broke on a dull, gray “True Detective”-less world. The show that has had us gripped for the last eight weeks (or the last weekend for compulsive binge watchers—hi there!) came to an end in either a blaze of HBOGO-crashing glory, or a fizzle of HBOGO-crashing disappointment, depending on your point of view. We’re much more in the former camp than the latter, so much so that we found our usual Good vs. Bad approach wanting this time around, purely because after a couple of niggles we were really reaching for anything particularly bad to say about it.

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