'True Detective' season 3 release date: new season is still possible, according to HBO

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The second season mediocrity of HBO’s “True Detective” was more than enough reason for the once successful show to not think about a new season. But as it turns out, HBO may actually be pondering a third season, but this time, huge changes are going to be made.

According to Cinema Blend, the Emmy-nominated cop drama “hit the brakes hard” for a third season project simply because the second didn’t live up to the critically-acclaimed first season that starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Although it did get a fair share of big stars in Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell, the storyline of season 2 could have been a little off for viewers.

At the recently concluded Television Critics Association press event, the network’s programming chief, Casey Bloys, admitted that the show isn’t dead, but there is “no take on a third season yet.” The statement, as vague as it sounds, can be a good or bad thing.

First, it’s a good thing because everyone thought that “True Detective” as a whole had been axed and getting confirmation from the head honcho of programming that it is still being considered is more than enough to let the excitement juice flow once more. On the other hand, it also could be a bad thing because in spite of the confirmation that it isn’t dead yet, the fact remains that there still is no progress as to its development, which could mean that HBO may decide to simply forget it once interest on the show dwindles.

Finally, another report revealed that series creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto may no longer be taking the lead role in developing the story, although he is expected to be retaining his involvement in the show. Simply put, the network could be looking at hiring a new writer to handle the pressure of delivering some kind of redemption for season 3 while Pizzolatto sits and supervises.