For years HBO has been a cornerstone in high quality programming to come out of the U.S. Being owned and backed by Time Warner, HBO can boast a number of high profile shows to its name that have attracted A-list stars to appear in an array of award-winning content, ranging from acclaimed crime/police drama The Wire, to the 1930s gangster-centric Boardwalk Empire, to the recent and hugely successful fantasy series Game of Thrones.
With that, alongside current hits Girls, Veep, and Silicon Valley, you’d quite comfortably bet that the network is doing rather well for itself. However, since former head of comedy Casey Bloys took over from Michael Lombardo as the main programming boss, the company have undoubtedly continued to push forward, but have also undergone setbacks – notably Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl which aired earlier this year failed to ignite the interest of its audience. And with increasing competition from the likes of Amazon Video and the ever-popular Netflix, these failures seem to have an even greater detrimental effect, already resulting in delays or the canning of a couple of David Fincher shows, as well as a limited series from Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave).
According to THR, one of the biggest casualties for the future will be the longevity of True Detective which has so far had two seasons. While the first was greeted to rapturous applause, after superlative performances from its duo of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the follow-up season, also from season one creator Nic Pizzolatto, didn’t fair as well. It’s claimed that while the likes of Game of Thrones posses absolutely no cause for concern (and for obvious reasons), it’s now up to Bloy whether to continue with the self-contained seasons of the gritty detective show, or to call it a day.
In fact, sources coming out of HBO claim that Pizzolatto is actually working on a new show, which would rule him out of making a third season of True Detective (which starred Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams). It could perhaps be a blessing in disguise, should the TV show now call it a day after two seasons. True Detective season one will continue to stand as a mold-breaker for its genre of cable television, as well as anthology TV series. And with reception to the second season nowhere near as strong as the first, its up-and-down, very mixed opinion was likely the nail in its own coffin.
Still, it will be interesting to see what Pizzolatto conjures up next. With True Detective season one having shown audiences what he’s capable of – with the directorial help of Cary Fukunaga, of course – his next project will surely get everyone talking and, hopefully, give his fresh creation a little more longevity at the hands of HBO and Bloy.
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