Woody Harrelson is set to return to series television in his first regular role since he left the NBC comedy stalwart “Cheers” way back in 1993.
HBO picked up Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s police show “True Detective,” Deadline.com reports. The pay-cable network reportedly won a bidding war over the project, landing the show with a straight-to-series order for eight episodes.
Harrelson and McConaughey will play two detectives who hunt for a Louisiana serial killer over a span of 17 years.
The closest Harrelson has come to a regular series role since the "Cheers" days was a seven-episode guest arc on "Will & Grace" in 2001. As for McConaughey, other than a brief guest turn on "Eastbound & Down," his career has been almost entirely in feature films — including "Contact," "The Wedding Planner" and his breakout role in "Dazed and Confused."
HBO is finalizing its order for the show, which will feature multiple perspectives and time frames, the piece notes. The case is expected to play out during the span of one season, with subsequent seasons, if they’re ordered, presenting new cases in a similar structure.
Cary Fukunaga (“Jane Eyre”) is reportedly lined up to direct the entire run of the show.