Like 'True Detective' and 'Fargo,' HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' Goes for the Jugular

The mini-series breathes new life into the genre while offering a new kind of role for its leading lady.

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There seems to be a concerted effort in progress by American TV producers to improve the reputation of one of their main products, the series. It started with “True Detective,” an atypical police procedural,...