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True Detective season three is inching closer to reality.
Series creator Nic Pizzolatto is working on a third season of the HBO anthology series with Deadwood creator David Milch, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The pay cable network would not confirm the news.
The duo are said to be in the early stages of writing a possible third season, which has not yet received a series order.
The news of a potential third season comes nearly two years after the polarizing second season of the drama, which starred Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams. The first season of True Detective drew wide acclaim for Pizzolatto, director Cary Fukunaga and stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Writing about the second season, THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman called it “confusing.”
Speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in July 2015, then-programming president Michael Lombardo praised Pizzolatto as “one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today” despite the divisive reaction to season two.
“I’d love to do another season,” the exec said at the time. “I haven’t asked every one of the 12 million viewers who is watching, but I think what he’s doing is so much bolder, braver and satisfying than what I’m seeing in film. I’d happily be in business with him for a long time.”
Nearly a year after Lombardo’s comments, current HBO programming president Casey Bloys also left the door open for more True Detective when speaking with reporters.
“We’re open to someone else writing it with Nic supervising it; it’s a really valuable franchise for us,” he said, noting the show’s average viewership of 11 million viewers. “It’s not dead; I’m just not sure we have the right take for a third season — yet.”
Pizzolatto, who re-upped his overall deal with the pay cabler in November 2015, is also working on a drama for HBO with Robert Downey Jr. set to star.
For Milch, the collaboration continues his long-standing relationship with HBO, home to his last three TV series. The NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues vet most recently created the horse-racing drama Luck, which ended in 2012 after one season.
When it first premiered in 2014, True Detective was at the forefront of the anthology trend that has helped bring more and more A-listers to the small screen. HBO is about to wrap the seven-episode limited series Big Little Lies headlined by Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
True Detective, along with unscripted series like HBO’s The Jinx and Netflix’s Making a Murderer, also led to a sharp rise in crime dramas further propelled by such projects as FX’s American Crime Story anthology, ABC’s American Crime anthology and NBC’s upcoming Law & Order: True Crime series, among many others.
Should True Detective season three get the green light, it would join HBO original dramas The Young Pope, The Leftovers and Game of Thrones, the latter two of which are nearing the end of their runs.
The news was first reported by EW.
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