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HBO's programming chief says a third season of True Detective "is not dead"

08.01.2016
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The sophomore season of True Detective failed to win over most fans, although our own Alex Maidy defends it in one of his recent Unpopular Opinion columns. While there's no denying that Nic Pizzolatto is a genius in his own right, he certainly seems disinterested in doing what's expected of him. With that said, the idea of a third season of True Detective may feel like a dream at this point, but HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys has hope that the series could continue.

HBO’s programming chief Casey Bloys on a third season of True Detective:

It is not dead, but there’s no take on a third season yet.

Bloys went on to say that he was open to someone else writing a third season, and just keeping Pizzolatto on as a supervisor. That may sound like it defeats the purpose, but it's also possibly the only way to get another run at this thing. FX has certainly proved with Fargo that a crime show can take on new characters and new cases and be successful, so I'd love for True Detective to follow suit. Especially on a network where you can get away with almost anything.

Source: Vulture

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1:22AM on 08/02/2016
I'm down! I didn't hate the second season, I think if you don't compare it to the first season then it's pretty good.
I'm down! I didn't hate the second season, I think if you don't compare it to the first season then it's pretty good.
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11:47PM on 08/01/2016
The problem with season 2, I think, was that Pizzolatto didn't have enough time to write a great script. They rushed the process so they could get it out the same time next year. The story for season one could have been sculpted over years, was set in the same environment he grew up with and knew well, and explored multiple philosophies and characters that needed serious time to be fleshed out appropriately. I'm not saying he's got no stories left to tell (he wrote The Magnificent Seven, and
The problem with season 2, I think, was that Pizzolatto didn't have enough time to write a great script. They rushed the process so they could get it out the same time next year. The story for season one could have been sculpted over years, was set in the same environment he grew up with and knew well, and explored multiple philosophies and characters that needed serious time to be fleshed out appropriately. I'm not saying he's got no stories left to tell (he wrote The Magnificent Seven, and I'm interested to see how much of his personal style is in it), just that he needs a lot more time to research and develop it if we want to see anything close to Season one. I can wait.

Also, if the show does come back, I really hope they bring back the "one director handles the entire season" idea. I think Cary Fukunaga's singular vision was part of what made s1 special.
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10:14AM on 08/02/2016
Good point. I remember reading where Pizzolatto was writing the Season 1 script roughly two years prior. Season 2 felt rushed to meet a deadline.
Good point. I remember reading where Pizzolatto was writing the Season 1 script roughly two years prior. Season 2 felt rushed to meet a deadline.
2:58PM on 08/01/2016

Good to know

Season 1 was a masterpiece, Season 2 was a dud. Doesn't mean you should completely close shop. I really hope this break ensures HBO gets a better idea of what made the first season so good, even if they have to get a new writer.
Season 1 was a masterpiece, Season 2 was a dud. Doesn't mean you should completely close shop. I really hope this break ensures HBO gets a better idea of what made the first season so good, even if they have to get a new writer.
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