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As much as I love Boardwalk Empire and Eastbound & Down, I’m already ready for next year’s HBO programming, which will include new seasons of Game of Thrones and Girls. Speaking of the latter, we can now officially look forward to winter premieres. On Wednesday, HBO announced the premiere date for Girls’ Season 3, as well as new dramas True Detective and Looking. All three shows will hit the schedule in January.
While HBO’s critically acclaimed comedy and its brand new detective series don't feel as if they naturally pair, Wednesdays announcement notes that both Girls and True Detective will hit the schedule on Sunday, January 12. True Detective will premiere first, in the 9 p.m. ET slot. The new series will air for eight episodes and stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives who partner up to solve a set of gruesome murders in the wilds of Louisiana. You can take a look at the awesome trailer, below, or learn more about the new series, here.
The third season of Girls will air directly after True Detective at 10 p.m. ET. HBO actually has something pretty special going for the premiere night of Lena Dunham’s drama. Assumedly, the network is hoping to get more viewers invested in the Judd Apatow-produced drama, which follows the lives of a group of young women in their twenties living in New York. To do this, the network will air back-to-back episodes of the comedy on January 12. If you are already a fan, we don’t know a ton about Season 3 thus far, but we do know that Christopher Abbott has left the series. Here are some snapshots of the new season, as well.
The program you may not have heard about yet is Looking, a new dramedy that you might have heard about prior to HBO giving it the above title. The new show stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett and is being executive produced by Sarah Condon and Andrew Heigh. Looking will be set in San Francisco and will follow three young gay men who will live work and play in the Bay area. Eight episodes of Looking will also be produced in Season 1. HBO has yet to release an official trailer for Looking, but we’ll let you know when it is eventually released.
HBO’s winter lineup doesn’t seem as if it will have a lot in common, but there’s a lot of cool stuff prepping for release, albeit perhaps for different audiences. You can decide for yourself when the new stuff and Girls premieres in January.