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Reports have scattered across the internet claiming that Nic Pizzolatto and HBO will focus on other projects besides his critically acclaimed series True Detective.
After a poorly received second season, a third run of True Detective is unlikely to make it past the starting blocks.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, HBO's new programming chief, Casey Bloys has his sights set on other projects.
Citing as-yet unnamed "HBO sources," the report claims that "a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely" than a third season of the criminal drama. Regardless, "the fate of True Detective now fall[s] to [Bloys.]"
Bloys shifted from his previous role as head of comedy to replace Michael Lombardo as programming president. Lombardo had served HBO for over 30 years.
I don't tend to agree with the hordes of people who cried and pooped their pants when viewing the second season of True Detective. I liked it. That's not what I am here to talk about though. While, I did like the second season it was apparent that there were things missing or that seemed rushed.
In a few interviews I read about the second season, Pizzolatto claimed that the timetable for the second season did not allow him the same amount of time to work on the script as the first season. He said that production was rushed and ultimately led to the product that was the second season. In the same interview, Pizzolatto said something interesting about future True Detective projects. He said something to the effect of, if he were to do more seasons of the show, that he would need to speed a lot more time working on the script before they went into production.
In the final paragraph of the IGN article (I didn't post the whole article) has a quote from Michael Lombardo who was the president of programming at HBO during the whole saga of the second season of True Detective. His quote was, "Well, you know what? I set him up. To deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver. That's not what [True Detective] is".
What does this all mean?
It means the new President of HBO and Pizzolatto are going to give a potential True Detective season three script more than enough time. At this point, I can't tell you whether or not they will actually make a third season or not. What it looks like though, is they are trying to give Pizzolatto the proper space and time to develop the concept and script for the show.
When it comes to writing and inspiration, sometimes in situation like this, it's best to work on other things. Pizzolatto, based on the two seasons of True Detective is not a guy who wants to be confined to a formula. The story arch of each season were drastically different. He wants to actually try and, "recreate the wheel" with each installation of True Detective. The basic structure is set up that way. It is supposed to be a collection of cases from different detectives, claiming that cases as such, in the show, are not routinely seen by one precinct/one set of detectives. Which is an ambitious concept to deliver on.
Each new season of True Detective is not supposed to build off of the previous one. It is meant to be drastically different in almost every way. Writing scripts like that are very challenging because you have no recurring characters or concepts. Everything is made from scratch. Imagine it like making a burger. You could go into a supermarket, buy ground meat, stick it on a grill and eat it. But instead of that, you are going to a farm, slaughtering a cow, turning its flesh into ground beef, harvesting grain, doing whatever you do to make that grain from a stock like plant into bread, then you can stick it on the grill and cook it.
I can not imagine HBO simply walking away from such a lucrative series. Even though people hated the second season of True Detective, they still watched it. The audience and fan base is still out there, so I really do not put faith into the notion that they are dropping the project entirely.
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