HBO series True Detective premieres Jan. 12

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

LAFAYETTE - Tim Hanks, who oversees security at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center, plays two roles in a new HBO series called True Detective.

The series premieres Jan. 12.

Hanks worked behind the scenes as a technical advisor to the series' producers and also picked up a speaking part.

The show originated with Nic Pizzolatto, a New Orleans native who was cited by "Variety" magazine in June as one of "10 TV Writers to Watch."

It stars Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart and Matthew McConaughey as Rustin Cohle.

They portray state police detectives who work together to track down a south Louisiana serial killer. The story is set in Acadiana.

The series features eight episodes.