Woody Harrelson to Join Matthew McConaughey for New Cop Drama -- 3 Reasons It'll Be Great

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Actor Woody Harrelson is headed back to TV on "True Detective."

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Actor Woody Harrelson is headed back to TV on "True Detective."

The cable air waves may soon have a new drama to generate some buzz. Actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are reportedly signed-on to to team-up in a new eight-part cop drama entitled "True Detective." The plot of the show revolves around a 17-year-old murder case that brings the two central characters together.

The two actors who are known as much for their off-screen antics as they are for their talents in front of a camera will co-star together. Fans of AMC's drama "The Killing" should be excited to know that Nic Pizzolatto will be writing for this show and "Jane Eyre" director Cary Fukunaga will direct. No news on when the show will debut, or which network will carry it once it's produced.

Fans of both Harrelson and McConaughey should be excited to see them work together. Both actors have a reputation for marching to the beat of their own drum, and a show tailor-made for the two of them should give them ample opportunity to let some of their personality into the mix. We think this show as the potential to be really great, and here are three reasons why.

Chemistry - We don't want to harp on it, but Woody and Matthew are both such unique and free-spirited that it just has to translate into good on screen chemistry. In fact, the two have worked together on two previous projects. "EdTV" and "Surfer, Dude." Neither one were Oscar-winning pictures, but at least we know they're able to work together! Sure, there's a chance that if they're both zany and over-the-top too much it could throw the show's pacing off, but we have to think the writing will be able to handle that situation, since Pizzolatto's got a good grasp on this sort of story already.

Woody as a Good Guy? - Harrelson's character development should be interesting to watch. Not all that often has he played a straight-forward good guy. He's often tapped to play either the bad guy, the crazy, or the good guy who goes crazy, like when he played a cop in "Rampart" that was good, but had a definite sociopathic edge to him. If the show decides to let Woody wear the white hat, it should be fun to watch.

At Least It's Not Another Reboot - It seems like TV and movie producers these days are so desperate for a hit that they're willing to go back and re-fish the same waters over and over. In 2012 there's going to be "Anger Management," a reboot of a Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler vehicle that will star Charlie Sheen on FX, and there's also going to be a remake of the old prime time soap opera "Dallas," the TNT-drama will have the four central actors returning, as well as a new group of fresh, young faces. In a time of so much retread material, a new and original series will be quite refreshing.

Do you plan on watching the new show? Drop us a comment and let us know!

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