HBO seems to have bounced back from its string of disappointments with Westworld, but don’t expect True Detective to be granted another shot just yet. If it is, at least Season 1 star Matthew McConaughey is all-in to return for another round with creator Nic Pizzolatto.
We’ve known for some time that True Detective Season 3 had largely taken a backseat to creator Nic Pizzolatto’s next HBO project, though few, if any details had emerged on that front. Now, it seems Pizzolatto’s propensity for bringing A-list stars to TV hasn’t cooled one bit, as Robert Downey Jr. may lead a new TV project, and one based on past Perry Mason plans at that.
Perhaps few series represent the rise and fall of HBO as well as True Detective, to arrive on the scene as such a phenomenon, and so quickly become a laughingstock by its second season. Season 3 talk seemed to have cooled, especially with HBO electing a new programming head to right the ship, but True Detective may yet live again if a new writer comes in with a take for Nic Pizzolatto.
HBO’s drama problem seems only to increase as 2016 rolls on, a slump that last year dragged True Detective from top-tier to bottom-shelf to cold storage. Matthew McConaughey might just be up for a cold one, however, claiming to have talked with creator Nic Pizzolatto about returning Rustin Cohle for True Detective Season 3.
True Detective anticipation evaporated practically overnight with the release of Season 2, and nearly one year removed from its finale, HBO is increasingly less keen on re-lighting that e-cigarette. Following a network changing of the guard, creator Nic Pizzolatto is even less likely to develop any True Detective Season 3, instead focusing on other projects.
Considering Netflix has pushed it to the point of debuting near of a new season or series every week, the premium providers of old seem almost deprived of new content. HBO won’t take that lying down, planning to up its original series haul by at least 50% of its current stable, but will it affect subscription fees?
Now that Netflix’s Full House revival Fuller House will be sticking around for Season 2, it’s time for the inevitable spinoff. Lo and behold, Stephen Colbert obliges with Full House: Nights, the True Detective-style adventures of Danny Tanner and Uncles Joey and Jesse, taking on San Francisco crime.
Sesame Street has been surprisingly bold in its choice of parody, taking on even the darkest of HBO lineups from Game of Thrones to True Blood, though True Detective might seem a step too far. Well, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel and Sesame Street’s upcoming HBO move, we finally get a taste. Sesame Street is all just one gutter, man,
Any number of factors went into the critical decline of True Detective Season 2, whether the absence of its first cast’s particular magic, or its attempts to recreate the same flavor with often-laughable results. Series creator Nic Pizzolatto has been notoriously reclusive since the flop, but HBO is stepping up to take the blame for Season 2’s rushed feeling.
True Detective news has been tellingly silent since the August Season 2 finale, with no news on a third season, and no press with creator Nic Pizzolatto either. Now, True Detective Season 3 remains an uncertainty, despite Pizzolatto signing a development deal with HBO through 2018.