True Detective Season 3, Mahershala Ali

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It's too soon to know if "True Detective" Season 3 will be more like Season 1 or Season 2. There's a wide chasm between the two in terms of quality -- at least to many HBO viewers -- but the network's first teaser trailer for the new season is off to a good start.

"Moonlight" Oscar winner Mahershala Ali leads the new story as a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. The season follows "a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks," covering three different time periods as the mystery unfolds.

(Side note: The Ozarks are truly having a moment -- between this and Netflix's "Ozark.")

Here's HBO's "teaser trailer," which suggests a full official trailer is still ahead before the January premiere:

"True Detective" Season 3 co-stars Ray Fisher, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scott McNairy, and Mamie Gummer. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto returned to write the whole series.

So far, we only know it's arriving in January, which will surely be a welcome distraction from the cold, dark, and (for some of us) snow of winter. It's possible HBO's next trailer will be more specific on the start date.

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