The first series of True Detective – which seems like an age away – won our inaugural drama of the year back in 2014. Even though it was flawed and pretentious, not to mention neglectful and one-dimensional in its presentation of female characters, we hadn’t quite seen the likes of it before. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s performances were what really lifted it from from the good to the excellent, but series two? Although it had its moments, it really didn’t hit the heights of the first series anywhere near enough. And yet we still want more. Sadly, it looks as though a third series might never happen.
I read a story on Digital Spy this morning, which suggested that creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto had been working on other things.
HBO, the show’s home network, replaced the outgoing Head Of Programming Michael Lombardo with Casey Bloys, and the former comedy chief has, by all accounts, got to work on working with a slate that was getting out of control. If you want to read more about the ins and out at HBO – perhaps the most powerful and influential TV network in the world – then you can in this fascinating Hollywood Reporter article.
In specific reference to a third series of True Detective, it said:
While juggernaut Game of Thrones and the final season of Damon Lindelof’s Peabody-winning drama The Leftovers shouldn’t require too much of Bloys’ time, other decisions, including the fate of True Detective, now fall to him. (HBO sources suggest a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely.)
But perhaps the biggest HBO stumble on Lombardo’s watch was Season 2 of True Detective. The rushed instalment in the anthology series blew most of the goodwill earned in Season 1, and likely ended the series’s potential to become a franchise capable of shoring up the network’s dramatic slate. Lombardo dutifully fell on his sword after the season flopped, saying, “When we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked—we’ve failed. And I think in this particular case, the first season of True Detective was something that Nic Pizzolatto had been thinking about, gestating, for a long period of time.
Its natural for all kinds of comment to be generated after a high-level exec leaves such a place as HBO, and Lombardo’s stint at the broadcaster has come in for some pretty serious rumination Stateside. It’s interesting that he sees that second series as rushed and that he acknowledges that fact. Sadly it seems mistakes in the gestation process of series two means there won’t be a third series.
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