The first season of HBO produced “True Detective” has been a massive hit not just in viewership ratings but in reviews as well. Some critics even called it one of the strongest shows in recent history. Given this, the show’s follow up installment which also boasted an equally all star ensemble with Colin Firth, Rachel McAdams, and Vince Vaughn was highly anticipated. Unfortunately, to the dismay of fans, the sophomore outing did not turn out to be as well received as its predecessor.
Fans can note that the biggest difference between the two seasons is the fact that series creator Nic Pizzolato collaborated with director Cary Fukunaga on the show’s debut season, while Pizzolato worked solely on its second run. With the uncertain future of the show, HBO President of Programming Michael Lombarod is speaking up on what he personally thinks are the failures of the anthology as a whole.
“I’ll tell you something. Our biggest failures and I don’t know if I would consider ‘True Detective 2’ but when we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked we’ve failed. And I think in this particular case, the first season of ‘True Detective’ was something that Nic Pizzolatto had been thinking about, gestating, for a long period of time,” Lombardo said.
“And I take the blame. I became too much of a network executive at that point,” he admitted even going as far as saying that he basically set Pizzolato up which ultimately backfired.
On the other hand, Fukunaga coming back to the show might be a good idea to take away some burden from Pizzolato and get back the show on track. Unfortunately, the filmmaker was quick to dispel any hope from the fans saying, “That’s far too big of a commitment. After season one was done, I was very happy to move on, back to feature film and a completely different world to immerse myself in. And whatever I do next, hopefully, will feel just as different as anything I’ve ever done before.”