According to Deadline, and in confirmation of rumors that have been swirling for some weeks now, Moonlight's Mahershala Ali has officially been announced to headline the third season of HBO's True Detective. Why they're calling it the "third season" is anyone's guess; as you know, there was only one season of True Detective and we all loved it very much and a second one never existed.
The confirmation comes directly from HBO's president of programming, Casey Bloys, during HBO's TCA presentation. Says Deadline:
"Bloys confirmed that Oscar-winning Moonlight actor Mahershala Ali has closed a deal to star in the potential third season of the anthology series. Bloys said he had read five finished scripts.
“They are terrific. … I was very impressed and excited,” he said. “We are talking to directors, and when we have a director we want to hire, it will be a go.”
That Ali is joining the cast is great news, but hearing that five season-three scripts have already been completed is almost as exciting. As you know, True Detective series creator Nic Pizzolatto has been working with the great David Milch on this season's batch of scripts, and we're very curious about what sort of story they might be telling together. One imagines it will includes some very creative profanity.
Nothing further is known about True Detective's third season at this time, but we're keeping our ear to the ground and will let you know the minute we hear more. In the meantime: did any of you ever go back and give season two (the season which definitely does not exist) another shot?