Now that the first iteration of HBO’s buzzy “True Detective” is a thing of the past, let’s play armchair casting director for the second season. Specifically, which A-listers do you want to fill the shoes of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson?
Remember, “True Detective” is HBO’s version of “American Horror Story,” an anthology series that will reportedly change its cast, location and story every season. By producing a short eight-episode run, prestigious HBO will be able to convince movies stars of all shapes, sizes and paychecks to join them on the project. (It also doesn’t hurt that the show has such incredible potential to win its cast and crew boatloads of Emmys.)
HBO scored Oscar winner McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) and Emmy winner Harrelson (“Cheers”) for the just-concluded first season, but can they top themselves next year?
In Gold Derby’s TV forum, I asked for your season two dream cast and you delivered big time with some spectacular out-of-the-box choices. Most of you are in agreement that the next season should focus on a female detective pairing, or even a male-female combo, instead of the same male duo we got in Season One.
Below, just some of your brilliant suggestions:
OperaJunky: I like the idea a contrasting pair… how about Viola Davis as a seasoned detective paired with an agent from INTERPOL to solve a case with international implications. The INTERPOL agent would be played by the sublime Olivia Coleman, who would have been my choice for an Emmy if “Broadchurch” had been eligible in the US.
taloson: On Twitter I saw someone suggest Kyle MacLachlan and Sherilyn Fenn, which would be amazing because it would basically be our only chance at a pseudo-“Twin Peaks” continuation. And assuming they keep the same creepy atmosphere, it would fit even more!
And of course, I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun either. My dream scenario would feature Ian McShane as a grizzled detective ready for retirement and Jennifer Garner as his estranged daughter who gets transferred to his precinct against both of their wishes because of her prior knowledge on the case. The stars of “Deadwood” and “Alias” on screen together for the first time? How could you not watch?!
What is your dream detective duo for Season Two? Sound off in the comments section below and then join the discussion in our TV forum.