'True Detective' season 3 renewed? series likely to be delayed as show creator works on new HBO series with Robert Downey Jr.

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“True Detective” fans are still hoping for a third season of the HBO series since it was reported that the cable network is not giving up on it. However, it’s likely that viewers won’t get to see a new installment anytime soon as showrunner Nic Pizzolatto will be working on a new project starring Robert Downey Jr.

According to Deadline, HBO is developing a Perry Mason drama to star the “Iron Man” actor as the investigator/defense attorney, and the show will be written by Pizzolatto. The project is said to take its cues from “True Detective” as each installment of the new show will run for only a few episodes. The first and second season of “True Detective” consisted of 8 episodes each.

The project falls under Pizzolatto’s overall deal at HBO, which also covers a possible third installment of “True Detective.” Though the Perry Mason show is said to be in the process of securing rights, Pizzolatto’s involvement in the new project could mean that season 3 of “True Detective” may be delayed.

Season 2 of the HBO series saw Pizzolatto taking on multiple roles, as he served as the screenwriter and showrunner of the installment. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys hinted that Pizzolatto could likely move to a supervisory role in the potential third season, with someone else tasked to write the script.

Speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills last month, Bloys said that “True Detective” was “not dead” and that he and the showrunner talked about it, and that both Pizzolatto and HBO are open to a third season.

“I don’t think Nic has a take and he’s working on some other projects,” said Bloys (via Entertainment Weekly). “We’re open to somebody else writing it and Nic supervising it. It’s a valuable franchise, it’s not dead, we just don’t have a take for a third season yet.”

HBO has yet to announce a season 3 renewal for “True Detective.”