After a critically acclaimed first season in 2014, HBO renewed True Detective for an eight-episode Season 2 that aired last year. We never heard if the network officially renewed series creator Nic Pizzolatto's hit show, and HBO hasn't issued any updates since then. During the network's TCA summer tour presentation, HBO's chief of programming Casey Bloys revealed that the show isn't dead.
Both seasons of the show told completely different stories with different cast members. Matthew McConaughey, who starred in Season 1 with Woody Harrelson, revealed that he would like to star in Season 3. Vulture caught up with Casey Bloys at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, where he had this to say about Season 3 of True Detective.
"It is not dead, but there's no take on a third season yet."
Bloys added that he would be open to bringing on another writer to help Nic Pizzolatto with writing the scripts. The series creator has written every episode of the show by himself, with many fans criticizing the writer for a lackluster Season 2 after a critically-acclaimed first season. Former head of programming Michael Lombardo even told fans to blame him for the divisive Season 2, claiming that he had "rushed" the writing process.
In the second season, three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Colin Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him, while Vince Vaughn is set to play Frank Semyon, a career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.
Rachel McAdams also stars as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch stars as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened. If the show keeps its anthology format, none of these characters will likely return. but we'll have to wait and see.