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HBO's 'True Detective' Trailer Debuts (Video)

UPDATED: The eight-episode drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

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Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey

HBO used Sunday's return of Boardwalk Empire to debut the first full-length trailer for its upcoming Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson crime drama, True Detective.

The duo star as detectives Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives become entangled while searching for a serial killer in Louisiana. True Detective's first season will follow the 17-year hunt for the killer, with following seasons replacing the cast and story -- a similar format that FX has employed for its hit American Horror Story from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

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Nic Pizzolatto penned the project, with Jane Eyre's Cary Fukunaga on board to direct all eight installments and management company Anonymous Content -- which represents Pizzolatto and Fukunaga and developed True Detective -- on board to produce. The company's Richard Brown, Steve Golin and Bard Dorros will executive produce.

For McConaughey, the project -- which landed at HBO in April 2012 -- marks his first series regular commitment. Harrelson, meanwhile, returns to the small screen with his first series regular gig following his run as the clueless but lovable Woody Boyd on Cheers and to HBO after co-starring in the TV film Game Change.

True Detective will premiere in January. Check out the trailer, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts. Will you watch?

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