Can ‘The Outsider’ Follow ‘True Detective’s’ Path to the Emmys? — TV Podcast

When “True Detective” skulked onto the television scene in January 2014, viewers were seduced by the show’s unconventional spin on the typical detective two-hander.

Anchored by titanic performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and innovative direction from Cary Fukunaga (who won an Emmy Award for his efforts), the series subverted the traditional crime drama by infusing heavy doses of spirituality, philosophy, and Lovecraftian horror into one neat little package.The TV Academy loved it, with the first season of the show garnering 12 Emmy nominations and five victories.

And while the series has had ups and (significant) downs in the two non-supernaturally tinged seasons since, it has never again captured the zeitgeist like it did with its debut.Enter “The Outsider.”An adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, the new thriller presents itself in early episodes as a by-the-numbers cop drama, before shifting focus to something far more insidious.

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