Unfortunately for True Detective fans, there may not be a Season 3 for the HBO series. It appears that the show has succumbed to the poor ratings received by its second outing, leaving any possibility of a True Detective Season 3 production in limbo.
Reports reveal that HBO’s new programming chief Casey Bloys has directed his focus on other projects, True Detective not included. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys is directing his attention to forthcoming comedic offerings such as Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce, Issa Rae’s Insecure, and Danny McBride’s Vice Principals. It is also said that a “new project” from producer Nic Pizzolatto is more likely than True Detective Season 3.
Before taking over Michael Lombardo’s former post, Bloys was HBO’s head of comedy, which perhaps explains his dedication to the comedy genre.
The first season of True Detective was a major hit in its own and garnered favourable reviews from critics and viewers. The fluid storytelling was matched by stellar performances from lead stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. The show’s second run, however, did not live up to the glory of its predecessor. Although the follow-up carried big names that include Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn, creative magic that brought its first outing to the top suddenly died out.
There are rumblings that HBO is planning to change the format of the show in response to the major flop that was True Detective Season 2. Variety reports that the network is reportedly looking at three options: one, have Pizzolatto collaborate with a group of writers; two, put the show in the hands of a new showrunner; three, give Pizzolatto a third shot at his creation. In all three options, Pizzolatto would secure his slot as executive producer.
But it appears that even after re-upping his contract with HBO, Pizzolatto has yet to make progress with True Detective and may even opt to divert his efforts on fresher projects.
Ultimately, it appears that True Detective may have run its course after Season 2. And with Bloys’ ushering in a new era for HBO, True Detective Season 3 is getting more and more unlikely.