In 2014 when HBO first debuted its new crime series True Detective, viewers seemed to immediately fall under its spell. The buzz was strong and nearly constant – going a full week without hearing someone extol the virtues of the series and its cast was unlikely. For the duration of that first season at least, it felt as though True Detective was perhaps going to build itself up to the level of something like AMC’s Breaking Bad, which for its part had finished its record breaking, award garnering run the previous year. Viewers were hungry for a new series to love and True Detective looked as though it could be the one.
Then came the second season. Gone were Season 1 standouts Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – both of whom had previously received Emmy nominations for their efforts in the series – and in came Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell. Despite the formidable talent of these three new arrivals, True Detective’s second season failed to score as big with either critics or fans as its predecessor had. The awards and nominations did not pour in and confirmation of a third season of the series is still up in the air.
However, things have begun to change. Word has now come in that HBO has inked a deal with True Detective’s creator Nic Pizzolatto that will keep him committed to HBO and a variety of projects through 2018. Exactly what this extended term with HBO will mean for True Detective is unclear as of yet, although his position as the show’s executive producer will remain intact.
Apparently HBO has been looking to make changes with regards to how True Detective is run and the network has brought some new options to the table which include Pizzolatto working with a staff of writers, or bringing in a new showrunner or having Pizzolatto continue to work on the series alone. At this point there is no confirmation of which route will be taken.
The first season of True Detective focused on two Louisiana homicide detectives (McConaughey, Harrelson) as they tracked a serial killer over a 17-year period. The second season saw the focus shift to California for an investigation led by three detectives (Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch) and a business man (Vince Vaughn) as they delve into a series of crimes linked to the murder of a corrupt politician.
With all this uncertainty in the air, fans of the series might not think there’s much to be hopeful for here. The truth is that more True Detective being created is a definite possibility – we just don’t know when. Even if the series is dropped, Pizzolatto will continue to work for HBO, which means that the man who brought us True Detective will set to work on new things. He’s certainly a talented writer/producer, so whatever he creates next – whether it’s more True Detective or something altogether different - there’s still plenty of reason to keep an eye on Pizzolatto.
We'll keep you updated on True Detective Season 3 when more information is available.