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Emmys: Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz on a show that made TV seem small

JEFF JENSEN: Melissa, for all the self-serving yet correct talk about how expansive and diverse and ambitious television has become over the past few years, the Emmys made TV seem rather small last night.

Maybe I lost my sense of humor over the summer (too much Rectify and Ferguson, I guess), but Seth Meyers didn’t work for me. The Late Night comedian—at his best when seated behind a desk, gleefully reading his sharp, tart jokes and engaging guests with smart chat—kept the show flowing and didn’t fumble. He was an effective game manager, but nothing more. And he simply lacks the presence and dynamism that an event like this requires.

Meyers invoked his former Saturday Night Live pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their ace work hosting the Golden Globes, but inviting the comparison only hurt him. (Could they host the Emmys next year? Check that: Can they host everything, like, from now on?) His funniest bit was the “Billy On The Street” video he did with Billy Eichner—and there, Eichner was dragging him along like luggage. (Emmy and NBC would have been better served by Jimmy Fallon, whose strengths—playful and inventive interaction with celebs; genuinely sincere gushing—seem ideally suited to emceeing a kudosfest.) READ FULL STORY

'True Detective' deleted scene: Why Rust and Lori broke up -- VIDEO

True Detective fans certainly have no delusions that damaged philosopher Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) was an easy man to live with; his repartee with partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) was proof of that. But the only true glimpses viewers had of Rust’s brief attempt at a functioning relationship — with Hart family friend Lori (Elizabeth Reaser) — were in fragmented scenes that played like fading memories. (Spoilers ahead.)

Marty’s wife Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) introduced Rust to Lori after the detectives “solved” the grisly murder of Dora Lange. Beyond that, pretty much all we knew was that the relationship ended badly. But now that the season has ended, a new deleted scene sheds light on just how profoundly the death of Rust’s child impacted his ability to move forward in life. His inability to heal — or his desire not to — leads to one explosive, but not surprising, confrontation:

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'True Detective' post-mortem: Unraveling the mysteries

“Certain experiences you can’t survive, and afterward, you don’t fully exist, even if you failed to die. Everything that happened…is still happening, only now it’s 20 years later, and what happened is just story.”—from the novel Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto

“Strange is the night where black stars rise.” – from The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

True Detective is many things at once—an immersive character study, a gripping head-trippy murder mystery, a psychological profile of the anti-hero zeitgeist, a tour de force for Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But simply and deeply, it is a story about two men telling a story. Rust Cohle (McConaughey) is a flickering ghost of a man who works four days a week and spends the other three drinking himself numb. Martin Hart (Harrelson) is a healthy-living P.I. whose good-old-boy humility, Bible Belt faith, and family man virtue belies so much hypocrisy. Both were detectives once—and for seven years, partners—and the tale they tell concerns a journey into some seriously noir woods, literally and metaphorically, that wrecked them and haunts them still. The more they talk, the more we see who they are, even as we wonder how much of what they’re saying is really true. READ FULL STORY

'True Detective' co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on their dream buddy comedy

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Starting Sunday, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey will join forces on the small screen in the highly anticipated new HBO series True Detective. The eight-episode show is pure gritty drama, a twisty tale about two mismatched cops — a family man with some hidden secrets (Harrelson) and a darkly pessimistic loner (McConaughey) — who are pursuing a mysterious serial killer in the Louisiana backwoods. But despite the grim subject matter, when EW interviewed McConaughey and Harrelson together for our Winter TV Preview issue (on stands now), the two — who’ve been friends for nearly 20 years — were all laughs, to the point that we had to ask: Why haven’t you guys ever made a buddy comedy together?

The idea has certainly come up before, McConaughey says. “People get around us for five minutes and they go, ‘We’ve got to get these two in something where they can play off each other.’ Because that’s what Woody and I do comedically very well.” Harrelson is just waiting for the right idea to come along. “I’d love to do a buddy comedy with Matthew — he’s about the funniest guy I know,” he says. “It’ll happen. But, you know, it’s just got to be something great. It can’t be something silly.”

If you ask McConaughey, though, all the two really need to get a buddy comedy going is someone to operate the camera and point them in a general direction, and they can take care of the rest: “We’ll handle all the dialogue,” he says. “All you’ve got to do is just tell us, ‘OK, here are your characters: There’s a secret bowling ball in a house in Malibu, and it may be David Geffen’s house, and he’s there having a bar mitzvah. Go!’ Don’t rehearse it. Don’t let Geffen and them know we’re going to be filming. Let us work our way past the guards. Just make sure you’ve got a large mag in the camera and record.”

A guerrilla-style Harrelson-McConaughey bowling-ball-heist comedy set during a bar mitzvah at David Geffen’s house — who wouldn’t want to see that movie? Get on it, Hollywood!

Get to know HBO's 'True Detectives,' a.k.a. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey -- VIDEO

Who, exactly, are the men at the center of HBO’s upcoming crime drama True Detective? That’d be Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson), a pair of vets with opposing personalities.

See, Marty was once a good man, according to his wife Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) — but his “f—ing job, it confused him and it tested him… brought out the worst in him,” she explains over footage of Harrelson slowly lowering a gun and drinking heavily. “Marty’s single big problem is that he never really knew himself,” she continues.

Rust, on the other hand, has the opposite problem: “Rust knew exactly who he was, and there was no talking him out of it. Rust was maybe the least confused person I’ve ever met,” she says, as we watch McConaughey violently confront someone in an interrogation room. So… bad cop/worse cop, then?

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New 'True Detective' trailer: Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey revisit the past -- VIDEO

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HBO has just released a gritty trailer for their upcoming serial narrative drama True Detective, which stars Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Matthew McConaughey (Mud) as two detectives brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked on in 1995 involving a serial killer in Louisiana.

The show floats back and forth between their questioning of the crime in the present day and the events that happened while they were investigating the homicide in 1995.

The dark trailer showcases both detectives struggling with the effects of having investigated such a twisted homicide case for the course of 17 years.

Watch the new trailer below:
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Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey are bad men in HBO 'True Detective' trailer -- VIDEO

Something deep and dark is afoot in the first trailer for True Detective, HBO’s upcoming mystery series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The pair play detectives whose lives intersect on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana — a case that’s been open for 17 years.

In the trailer below, which premiered ahead of Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire season premiere, we see flashbacks to each of their past lives, loves, and early work on the investigation, which began in 1995. Towards the end, a more recent version of McConaughey’s character is revealed.

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