As long-time readers of this site will know, the very first series of True Detective won our inaugural award for best crime drama of the year. In fact, you could argue that it was the show inspired me to sit down and start this site. Series two, as everyone knows, wasn’t anywhere near as good as the first series, and that lukewarm critical and viewer response meant that Nic Pizzolatto’s show was put on gardening leave by is US network, HBO. Until now.
What a treat for a grey, drizzly Monday morning (spring my arse) – Fargo has released a batch of new little teasers that warm the heart, raise a chuckle and whet the appetite for the imminent series three. And what delicious little treats they are. Fargo and its home network in the US – FX – do such a fantastic job of producing these little teasers, which are almost like little Fargo episodes in themselves. They show the Fargo world and give us what the show does best by mixing the macabre with the farcical. They’re brilliant, and they’re after the jump.
Not only is it a brilliant series, I just love the way US network FX stokes up publicity for its Coen brothers-influenced series, Fargo. More often than not, it releases the most intriguing and delicious little nugget-trailers. They don’t reveal much, but they’re so exquisitely made they set the mood perfectly. And, in fine Fargo style, FX has released a new teaser – no longer than 30 seconds, it still whets the appetite.
Suddenly it seems that there’s subgenre developing that takes real-life crimes and scripts them up into a drama series. We saw the global success of last year’s American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson (indeed, there’s an excellent if lengthy three-part documentary about OJ on BBC iPlayer at the moment), and another story in that anthology series is on the way this year (focusing on the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans). Now US-based network USA Network has announced another scripted drama based on true crime – not just one, but two crimes, and two of the highest profile murders of recent times.
Up until now all the cryptic promotional material for the new, upcoming Twin Peaks has been from the US and its new network home, Showtime. But now Twin Peaks’ UK broadcaster, Sky Atlantic, is getting in on the act with its own promo campaign, a campaign that has seen two new teaser trailers released in the past day or so.
I’ve been following the development of American Crime Story 2, and the way Ryan Murphy and his team have been selecting their subjects to explore. Series two, we know, will be based around the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the effect it had on New Orleans, and will appear some time early next year. And, in the week that Annette Bening was confirmed to appear alongside Sara Paulson as governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, Ryan Murphy gave an interview yesterday where he confirmed the subjects for series three and four.
Nicolas Winding Refn – the ‘maverick’ Danish movie director – is one of my favourite auteurs out there at the moment. He’s like a neon David Lynch – with movies like Drive, Only God Forgives and the recent The Neon Demon under his belt – his stories gorgeous, technicolour nightmare noirs. Now he’s reportedly signed on to make a new crime drama series for one of the big streaming services, in this case Amazon Prime.