HBO Sets Premiere Dates for Girls, Looking and True Detective

HBO has confirmed premiere dates for their two new series, “True Detective” and “Looking,” as well as for the third season of Lena Dunham’s “Girls.”

“True Detective” will debut Sunday, January 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). 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.

“True Detective” is written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga, both of whom are executive producers along with Steve Golin and Scott Stephens.

“Girls” then returns for its third season immediately after the debut of “True Detective” with a special presentation of two episodes back-to-back, followed by other half-hour episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. Created by and starring 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” will then debut Sunday, January 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). The new 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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