'True Detective' season 3 renewal hopes: HBO boss gives update, says series is 'not dead'

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“True Detective” fans may have a third season to look forward to as Casey Bloys, HBO’s new president of programming, recently said that the crime drama “is not dead.”

At the Television Critics Association Press Tour over the weekend, Bloys told reporters that he has talked with show creator Nic Pizzolatto about season 3.

“I’ve talked to Nic about it, and I think both Nic and HBO, we’re open to a third season,” said Bloys. “It’s a really valuable franchise for us. I think both seasons average about 11 million viewers.”

The first season of the series which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of Louisiana detectives was a hit with viewers and critics alike. However, season 2 drew mixed reactions due to the muddled storylines, and the central plot appeared to be lost in the characters’ separate arcs. Though the second season was made up of a stellar cast including Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch, many felt that season 2 did not live up to the show’s first installment, which garnered nominations at the Emmys and Golden Globes.

Earlier this year, former president of programming Michael Lombardo took the blame for the audience’s negative reaction to the second season, saying that he asked Pizzolatto to write season 2 in a very short time frame.

“Well you know what? I set him up. To deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver,” Lombardo told The Frame. “That’s not what that show is. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak.”

McConaughey recently said that he wanted to return to the series to reprise his role. Back in June, the actor said that he missed his character, Rust Cohle, and that he had conversations with Pizzolatto about a possible return.

Bloys revealed that Pizzolatto still doesn’t have a specific idea for a third season of the show and is busy working on other projects for the cable network. However, the network boss said that they are open to someone else writing season 3, with Pizzolatto to supervise the new installment.

A premiere date for season 3 of “True Detective” has yet to be announced by HBO.