By Justin Boylan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We finally have some real, live “True Detective” news.  It’s been more than six months since the season finale, and all that time in between has been filled with rumors and misinformation about who will step in to fill the tremendous void being left by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

The first shoe has dropped.  Its name is Colin Farrell.  This weekend in Ireland, Farrell confirmed in an interview that he is “doing the second series” and is “so excited.”  So are we, Col, so are we.

HBO has yet to confirm the casting, but Farrell has been talks for a role in the show for months and let the cat out of the bag overseas.  We know this season will focus on three leads, so HBO is probably waiting to announce all three roles together rather than one at a time.  Farrell did say that the rest of the cast is still in the works, but this proves we are indeed inching closer towards season two.

If there’s anything upsetting about this revelation, it’s that this means my favorite longest-running hashtag has run its course.  #TrueDetectiveSeason2 was fun while it lasted (and it lasted pretty long) but all great hashtags must come to an end.

Let’s celebrate the news and say goodbye to the #TrueDectiveSeason2 Twitter party with one last hurrah, pairing the hashtag with duos from each of our four teams. I’ll miss you, hashtag.  Pour one out, and make sure this is playing in the background before you continue.

Without further ado, here is #TrueDetectiveSeason2 Philly Sports Edition.

 

Phillies #TrueDetectiveSeason2 – Jimmy Rollins and Ryne Sandberg

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

This show would be the first to get cancelled, but I’m watching for the Ryne-Rollins chemistry alone.  The two of them clash all season and tensions are constantly high when they are unable to solve a single case, but it’s like a train wreck you can’t turn away from.  There’s pressure from the bosses to improve, but at the end of the day not much changes and no one is paying close enough attention to care.

Spoiler: Papelbon is the Yellow King.

 

76ers #TrueDetectiveSeason2 – Sam Hinkie and Nerlens Noel

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Hair and the Brain is TV gold.  Nerlens Noel is the new guy on his first job in law enforcement.  He’s from Massachusetts and is always complaining about the southern heat.  Sam Hinkie is the well-respected lead detective who sees something in Nerlens, insists on the partnership, but still calls him “kid” and “sport” and stuff like that.  The department has been in terrible shape for years, dealing with corruption and cover-ups, and desperately needs fresh blood to fix it.  If they can’t change things then the dark’s winning.

 

Flyers #TrueDetectiveSeason2 – Claude Giroux and Zac Rinaldo

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

This one has a much greater potential for comedy than the others, and a pretty straight-forward storyline with Rinaldo playing the Scott Hartnell role. Claude saves the day, Zac gets the girl and they both drink lots of Lone Star.  Also, there are a lot more parking-lot fistfights in this one than the others.

 

Eagles #TrueDetectiveSeason2 – Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Early in the season the detective you thought was the main character leaves and goes to a rival department.  It’s never really explained, but wow what a twist.  I see Riley Cooper going reverse Rust Cohle here: he starts out as a longhaired chain-smoking hippie and ends up as a clean cut in a shirt and tie.  Jeremy is the by-the-book, soft-spoken detective who you’re not sure is ready to take the lead.  But when the world needs a hero, he isn’t afraid to rise to the challenge.

 

BONUS!!!!

94WIP #TrueDetectiveSeason2 – Michael Barkann and Ike Reese

(Photo credit: 94WIP)

(Photo credit: 94WIP)

No explanation needed.

 

Justin Boylan is a contributing blogger for CBSPhilly.com and producer at 94WIP. Follow him on Twitter @justintboylan.

 

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