In 2014 Matthew McConaughey (as Detective Rust Cohle) and Woody Harrelson (as Detective Marty Hart) captivated television viewers (and critics alike) with their outstanding performance in the anthology serial True Detective (HBO). In April, HBO released the first footage of the second season starring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams. We are looking forward to it!
Compatible with this, there is a Call for Book Chapter Proposals, “Would That They Had Eyes To See”: Essays on HBO’s True Detective. Here is an excerpt from the CfP: “This project seeks to further develop our understanding of this show, exploring it from diverse perspectives and lenses. The chapters presented in it are intended to explore a wide range of ideas that examine and dissect True Detective. Because isn’t it about time someone started asking the right f***ing questions?” Well … that is so true.
While most culture and media sections in German newspapers and, unfortunately, some TV scholars still declare HBO series (and its closest relation, the Showtime series, it just has to be premium cable) to be the best form of serial narration or of the ominous ‚Quality TV‘. However, tides are changing and American network television is considered once more in regard to fascinating series. No wonder, you’d just have to think of the data protection and post-humanism series Person of Interest or the innovative series/serial hybrid The Good Wife. The journal Television and New Media dedicates a special issue to the latter stating “Responding to the focal shift in current television scholarship away from broadcast television, we seek proposals that are interested in reconsidering the role of broadcast television in the post-network era […]”. We are very excited about this call and look forward to hopefully interesting articles.