I’ve sort of blocked out the fact that True Detective in its current state – starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – will conclude after only three more episodes. But the great thing about an anthology series is that it will be back with some new characters and the chance to shake things up. Will I miss the pessimistic, existential musings of Rustin Cohle? Oh, you know it. But now there is the opportunity for other great characters to solve crimes and muse over the mysteries of life, as all true detectives are wont to do.
Since everyone (myself included) loves some armchair casting, the #TrueDectiveSeason2 hashtag has provided a wealth of amazing suggestions for who should jump into Rust & Marty’s detective shoes for the next go around. I am pleading the Internet to make one of these happen. And obviously, share some of your dream picks in the comments. The Internet is like The Secret – you have to just put it out there.
Jeff Winger & The Dean
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) February 21, 2014
Yes, I know this is a bit for The Soup and not Community, but the pairing of Jeff and the Dean is too good to not stretch into a one-hour, very serious drama. Look how committed they already are!
Abed Nadir & Troy Barnes
— Ian Holmes (@ianholmes) February 20, 2014
In an ideal world, Community would on television every day. If True Detective just became a version of Inspector Spacetime I would not complain.
Pete Campbell & Bob Benson
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) February 21, 2014
I jumped into Mad Men this most recent season (that’s how you do TV, right?) and the line “Not great, Bob!” remains one of my favorite television moments. Obviously, this pairing would be amazing.
Romy & Michelle
— John Oursler (@JMOursler) February 21, 2014
Yes. So much yes. Preferably all detective work should take place at the titular high school reunion. Michelle is obviously the perceptive one in this duo – remember how she just rattled off that glue recipe?
Bill Haverchuck & Neal Schweiber
— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 21, 2014
BRING THIS SHOW BACK IN ANY FORM! Even if that means transitioning from smart high school comedy to very bleak (but still smart) HBO drama. Could Vicki Appleby have grown up to be Maggie Hart? Discuss.
Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) February 20, 2014
A show that investigates the scandals of a fictionalized figure skating world? Count me in. Let’s get these two on the case faster than you can say triple axel.
— Manu Palmer (@ManuPalmer) February 21, 2014
This concept is a little different because the season’s mystery is really about the detectives – as in what they look like under their helmets.
Michael Jordan & Bugs Bunny
— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) February 20, 2014
My college roommate would agree that we are not talking about Space Jam enough in 2014. Maybe Kristen Wiig as Michael Jordan’s twin to add a plot twist?
Liz Lemon & Oprah Winfrey
— John Ramos (@couchbaron) February 21, 2014
Should the whole season take place aboard that plane, a la Non-Stop?
Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) February 21, 2014
Real life best friends! This pairing would totally be one of MY “favorite things” – just a little Oprah humor for you.
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) February 21, 2014
I knew someone would suggest it, and I am rooting for this real hard. They could also sneak a clause in that contract that mandates they host the Golden Globes for all eternity. Yes, even as zombies.
C-3P0 & R2-D2
— Melanie Bourdaa (@melaniebourdaa) February 21, 2014
I would prefer this to what I feel will be the inevitably disappointing Star Wars VII.
Zack Morris & AC Slater
— Teddy Gilmore (@teddy_gilmore) February 21, 2014
It is unclear if True Detective season 2 plans to stay with its ’90s settings, but if it does, let’s get these quintessential ’90s dudes on the line.
Bert & Ernie
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) February 20, 2014
True Detective is very much not for children, although I have to think that if Sesame Street found a way to do Homeland and True Blood spoofs, there’s a chance there might already be something (age-appropriate) with True Detective in the works.
Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson (again)
— Jaime J. Weinman (@weinmanj) February 20, 2014
JUST NEVER LET THIS DREAM TEAM END! P.S. Digging Woody’s non-dystopian Haymitch look.