Will 'True Detective' Put McConaughey and Harrelson in Emmy Hunt? [Video]

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Big-screen stars like Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon, Al Pacino, Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright, and Michael Douglas threaten to dominate this year's Emmy Awards… are Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson staking an early claim on next year's nominations?

Yet another drama that's likely to continue the discussion about how the best storytelling in Hollywood is on TV: "True Detective," the upcoming HBO series that finds McConaughey and Harrelson starring as detectives who spend nearly two decades trying to track down a serial killer in Louisiana.

HBO debuted a trailer for the drama, which premieres in January, before Sunday's season premiere of "Boardwalk Empire." In the clip, seen above, Harrelson's Martin Hart asks McConaughey's Rust Cohle if Cohle ever thinks of himself as a bad man.

"The world needs bad men," Cohle says. "We keep the other bad men from the door."

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The eight-episode drama follows Cohle and Hart in their professional and personal lives, as they begin the search for a serial killer in the Bayou in 1995. The story unfolds via flashbacks and testimony from the duo in 2012, when the case is reopened, presumably after having taken a toll on both men.

Other cast members for the premiere season include Michelle Monaghan ("Source Code") as Hart's wife Maggie, Elizabeth Reaser ("Twilight") as Cohle's girlfriend, Michael Potts, and Kevin Dunn.

The series, written by Nic Pizzolatto ("The Killing") and directed by Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre"), is planned as an anthology series, where each season will revolve around a new case with new detectives, played by new actors each season. So perhaps a different pair of movie stars will get their own shot at Emmy in 2015...

"True Detective" premieres in January 2014 in HBO.