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A full house packed into the Jim & Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas to screen the first episode of True Detective Season 3, which will premiere nationwide on HBO beginning Jan. 13. 

Introductions delivered by Mike Preston, director of the AEDC, Governor Asa Hutchinson, Christopher Crane of the Arkansas Film Commission, all shared common themes—the first HBO series to be filmed in the state will put the beauty of Arkansas in the limelight and has already had a significant, positive impact on the Arkansas economy and film industry.


Before introducing the True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, HBO Senior Vice President Jay Roewe made the locals blush, noting that HBO’s experience filming in Northwest Arkansas ranked as one of their favorite locations to film in 2018.  Pizzolatto, who attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas, said filming in Northwest Arkansas was like coming home for a year. And with that, we got our first peek at the upcoming series—Mahershala Ali, mesmerizing. The suspense, palpable. The Ozarks, stunning. At the end, the room filled with applause. Thank you, Nic! This is going to be a great season! Check out the newest trailer below.

It would have been a disservice to the story not to shoot in the Ozarks, in Fayetteville, in Arkansas, because it's such a character in the story.

Actor, Mahershala Ali

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