True Detective, Season 3 (HBO, January 13)
After an atmospheric and memorable first run, True Detective’s second season suffered a pretty dizzying drop in quality (never forget “It’s like blue balls…in your heart”). So there’s plenty of reason to be skeptical about this third season, but also a lot of reasons to be cautiously optimistic. Chief among them is Mahershala Ali, who plays a haunted detective investigating a macabre murder case that spans three decades. Throw in a co-writing credit from Deadwood creator David Milch, and several episodes directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room), and I’m sold.