(CNN)The mystery about when HBO's 'True Detective' will return has been solved.
In January, the anthology crime series will make its long-awaited comeback to the network, more than three years after the conclusion of its second season.
Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali take on the lead role in the Ozarks-set Season 3, which centers on what an HBO description called "a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods." (HBO and CNN share a parent company.)
Ali plays Wayne Hayes, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.