HBO continues to be tight-lipped with regard to the future of “True Detective.” This is despite season 1’s lead star Matthew McConaughey’s admission that he is willing to step back into his Rust Cohle boots.
It appears that not even the Academy Award-winning actor can salvage the series as the network still seems uninterested with the idea of a trilogy capper for “True Detective.” It was over a week ago that the thespian honestly talked about coming back to the show but HBO appears to still be in steady mode and not pouncing on the idea of reviving the fallen show.
The anthology series, which has received immense applause and popularity during its debut season with McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (Martin Hart), took a nosedive for its second season which starred Colin Farrell (Ray Velcoro) and Rachel McAdams (Ani Bezzerides)
For a time, “True Detective” was tipped to be the gateway for big movie stars to come back to the small screen and do quality work. The format is especially workable given that at the very most, contracts will only be for one season as it is an anthology. This had obviously lured so many great actors into the show. Unfortunately, as its sophomore run suffered harsh backlash from the fans, A-listers are said to be turning down offers to appear in the show.
Furthermore, the departure of Michael Lombardo as HBO’s programming head may also be a huge factor with regard to the future of the show. The former network executive was the one championing the series even took the blame for a subpar season 2.
“I take the blame. I became too much of a network executive at that point. We had huge success. ‘Gee, I’d love to repeat that next year.'” Lombardo told The Frame earlier this year referring to the production of “True Detective” season 2.
“I set him up. To deliver in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver. That’s not what that show is. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Find his muse. And so I think that’s what I learned from it. Don’t do that anymore,” he added.