Welp, Sounds Like TRUE DETECTIVE Is Probably Dead
Today, The Hollywood Reporter's got a profile on HBO's new head of programming, Casey Bloys, and buried eight paragraphs into the post is an interesting (though not entirely unexpected) aside. See if you can spot it.
While juggernaut Game of Thrones and the final season of Damon Lindelof's Peabody-winning drama The Leftovers shouldn't require too much of Bloys' time, other decisions, including the fate of True Detective, now fall to him. (HBO sources suggest a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely.)
The unlikelihood of True Detective getting a third season shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, not after the beating it took from critics, the cold-shoulder it received from audiences, and, y'know, the not-entirely-positive things HBO's former Programming President had to say about it. Of course the suggestions attributed to THR's sources can't be considered definitive (if HBO has something to announce, now would've been a perfect time to do it), but they certainly sound about right.
Speaking as a dude who was obsessed with True Detective's first season and wildly disappointed with its second: I'm OK if we leave True Detective alone for a while. The ideal solution would be to go full anthology with the series, bring in a new writer (maybe even a team of writers!) and a few new directors (maybe even one director!) to take the format and run with it. For whatever reason, it doesn't appear that option's currently in the cards, but who knows? Maybe a year or two down the road it'll seem more attractive.
As for what Pizzolatto might do next: no one's talking, so we have no idea. Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated.