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story.lead_photo.caption Mahershala Ali, the lead actor in Season 3 of HBO’s True Detective, said Monday during a media event at Tugboat’s Place in Madison County that the Ozark Mountains landscape will be a key part of conveying the series’ storyline to viewers. - Photo by J.T. Wampler

HBO on Thursday afternoon announced the premiere date for the forthcoming season of True Detective that was filmed in Arkansas.

The network wrote on Twitter that the first episode of the third season, which stars Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali, will air Jan. 13. The eight-episode season, set in the state in 1980, was filmed in Northwest Arkansas from February to August of this year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Ali will play an Arkansas State Police detective from the area, according to information from HBO’s website. Alongside Ali, Stephen Dorff will play a state police investigator, and Carmen Ejogo will play a teacher, the network said.

Creator and executive producer Nic Pizzolato, who attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will make his directorial debut on Season 3, according to information from HBO.

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