Last week, HBO launched a very promising first teaser trailer for True Detective Season 2, announcing it will be debuting in the US this June. At the time, we knew that Sky Atlantic would be its home in the UK, but the broadcaster hadn’t yet revealed its UK premiere date.
Whilst many of HBO’s series air a day after America, Sky does sometimes choose to have a longer gap between the two – Mad Men Season 7, for example, is currently airing on Sundays in America and on Wednesdays here in the UK.
Now Sky Atlantic has confirmed that the second season of one of HBO’s most buzzed-about dramas will be broadcast in the UK on Monday nights, reducing the likelihood of spoilers from across the Atlantic.
A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life’s work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.
Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch lead the cast, with support from Kelly Reilly, C.S. Lee, Alain Uy, Adria Arjona, Timothy V. Murphy, Chris Kerson, Jon Lindstrom, Andy Mackenzie, Agnes Olech, and Christopher James Baker.
Whilst Cary Fukunaga directed the entire first season, HBO has opted for a different strategy with Season 2. Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) helmed the first two episodes, and we know so far that Danish director Janus Metz has directed the third.
Original creator Nic Pizzolatto has written all eight episodes, as he did with the first season.
Whilst True Detective doesn’t have quite the same level of popularity as a show like Game of Thrones, HBO has decided to simulcast Season 5 of their flagship drama in more than 170 territories around the world. Sky Atlantic was originally not set to take part, but will now be taking part in the simultaneous broadcast as of Episode 2 at 2 a.m. on Monday morning. If the strategy proves a success for the cable network, it could lead to more scheduling like this in the future for HBO and its partners around the world. For now, we can look forward to the new season of the crime drama just one day after it plays in the States.
True Detective Season 2 will debut on HBO in the US on June 21st. Its UK premiere date is now officially set for June 22nd.