It’s been gone for some years, but HBO’s existent crime anthology True Detective is finally returning, with none other than Jodie Foster in the leading role — and after months of teases, HBO has finally revealed just when the show will be back on our screens.
There hasn’t been a season of the critically acclaimed True Detective since the third finished in February 2019, and even that season came four years after the second. The delays are understandable; with each season, the show reinvents itself with a new cast — centered around a big name star, with Matthew McConaughey in the first season, Colin Farrell in the second, and Mahershala Ali in the third — and an entirely new storyline. There are even more changes for this new fourth season, with Issa López stepping in to replace show creator Nick Pizzolatto as showrunner and executive producer, and the show featuring a subtitle for the first time, being retitled True Detective: Night Country.
Foster isn’t the only familiar face in the new season, with Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve, Andor) and Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) both part of the cast. Kali Reis plays Foster’s partner, with Finn Bennett, Isabella Star LaBlanc, and John Hawkes also part of the core cast.
HBO’s official description of True Detective: Night Country runs as follows: “When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers (Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.”
The season will debut January 14, 2024. HBO released a new trailer for the season to accompany the announcement of the date:
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