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Originally published Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:31 AM

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Sunday TV Picks: ‘True Detective’ on HBO

TV picks for Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, include the new “True Detective” on HBO, “The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards” on NBC and “The Simpsons” on Fox.

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‘True Detective’

Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto, this new crime thriller is steeped in atmosphere and features the made-in-heaven pairing of Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as Louisiana detectives investigating a grisly murder in 1995 and looking back on the crime via taped interviews in 2012. The crime is disturbing and complex, while Harrelson and McConaughey are simply mesmerizing. This is some deep, layered television. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO (

Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff or on Twitter @dougknoop

Also on Sunday

“The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards,” 5 p.m. (NBC): The Hollywood Foreign Press Association honors achievement in film and television.

“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m. (Fox): When Comic Book Guy meets a woman writing an autobiographical manga, he seeks Homer’s advice on dating.

“Revenge,” 9 p.m. (ABC): Enemies circle as Emily is more lost than ever; a game-changing revelation leads to a new path of destruction.

“Downton Abbey,” 9 p.m. (KCTS): Fates are determined as several characters converge at a house party; Gregson impresses Robert; Anna faces trouble.

“The Mentalist,” 10 p.m. (CBS): A high-tech cartographer who may have uncovered a spy ring is murdered; Van Pelt and Rigsby wind up on the trail of an alarming conspiracy.

“Episodes,” 10:30 p.m. (Showtime): Matt fights for custody of his children; Sean and Beverly are back together; Carol’s ambitions are hindered.

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