HBO Confirms January Premiere Dates for Series 'Girls', 'True Detective', 'Looking'

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October 16th, 2013

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via press release:

The debut dates for the new HBO series TRUE DETECTIVE and LOOKING, and the third season of GIRLS, have been confirmed.

TRUE DETECTIVE debuts SUNDAY, JAN. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. The series stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer, ranging from the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 to the reopening of the case in 2012. Michelle Monaghan also stars as Hart’s wife, Maggie, who struggles to keep her family together as the men in her life become locked in a cycle of violence and obsession. Written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga, who are executive producers along with Steve Golin and Scott Stephens.

GIRLS returns for its third season immediately after the debut of TRUE DETECTIVE with a special presentation of two episodes back-to-back SUNDAY, JAN. 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m.), on HBO, followed by other half-hour episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the Emmy®-winning series is a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their 20s. Dunham executive produces along with Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner and Ilene S. Landress; Bruce Eric Kaplan is consulting producer. The cast also includes Jemima Kirke, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky.

LOOKING debuts SUNDAY, JAN. 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m.) on HBO. The series revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Created by Michael Lannan and executive produced by Andrew Haigh (“Weekend”) and Sarah Condon (“Bored to Death”), the show stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett. Special guest stars include Russell Tovey and Scott Bakula.

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  • Greg

    So that means Game of Thrones will still be paired with Veep and another new comedy. Has HBO learned nothing from Family Tree’s fiasco?

  • marc

    So Greg has still learned nothing about HBO’s business model?

  • Dan

    Seems like HBO as usual

    A drama in Jan-Mar paired with 2 comedies (Girls & Looking)

    Game of Thrones (Mar-June) paired with Veep and a new comedy

    True Blood and Newsroom June/July-Sept

    Boardwalk Empire and 2 comedies Sept-Dec

  • PurpleDrazi

    Wait, is True Detective a series or a movie? I haven’t heard any news about this before now.

  • Dan

    @PurpleDrazi – it’s a series

  • Greg


    The business model that claims to not care about ratings but cancels shows that has low ratings? Yep, I understand it.

    You’ll see I’m right when HBO cancels Hello Ladies and Getting On.

  • JoshuaCanada

    True Detective is by far my most anticipated show for Mid season. I hope it does well. I only watch 2 HBO shows (GOT & Veep) and would love to add another one.

  • Jagger Dagger

    True Detective looks really interesting.

    As far as pairing up shows it doesn’t matter as much since the shows are repeated a dozen different times in different days and hours during the week anyway.

    Pay cable isn’t looking for the first airing ratings. Ratings are for advertising revenue. HBO only cares about subscriber revenue and later DVD sales. Girls is a low rated show, but buzz, emmys noms, and a loyal fan base helps keep subscribers to keep subscribing. Whatever business model HBO is using seems to be working just fine for them.

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