30 Pilots in 30 Days: True Detective
Had I seen it before: No.
What IMDb says: Seasonal anthology series in which police investigations unearth the personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within and outside the law.
Why I picked it: This show was heavily referenced in Writing the Pilot: Creating the Series, the book that inspired this whole project. Not only was it immensely popular, but it was also created by a relatively inexperienced writer. Creator Nic Pizzolatto wrote a couple of episodes for The Killing but that was his only TV experience, although he had written a novel and some short stories.
I also thought it could be kinda fun to explore an anthology series since those are becoming an en vogue thing to do. Season 1 of True Detective was a success by all definitions of the word, but Season 2 seemed to let everybody down. Do pilots for these types of shows have to work differently than pilots for traditional tv shows? It’s a question for the ages.