‘True Detective’ Season 3 in the Works at HBO, Adds ‘Deadwood’ Creator David Milch

Anthology crime drama wrapped Season 2 in 2015

HBO is developing a third season of “True Detective.”

Nic Pizzolatto will return to write a third installment of the crime anthology series, with David Milch of “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue” coming aboard. Milch’s formal role has not yet been finalized. Entertainment Weekly was the first to report the news.

HBO has yet to officially order a third season of “True Detective,” though the show has not formally been canceled. HBO declined to comment.

It has been nearly two years since the conclusion of Season 2, but HBO has maintained that the series could still return. President of HBO Programming Casey Bloys insisted at a Television Critics Association presentation last year that the series “is not dead” despite its long hiatus.

“True Detective” Season 1, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as a pair of Louisiana cops, was a hit with both viewers and critics, while Season 2 notoriously disappointed. The network’s former president of programming, Michael Lombardo, said he blamed himself for the letdown, because he asked creator Pizzolatto to write Season 2 “in a very short timeframe.”

The series was notably absent from the network’s schedule last summer, replaced by the Riz Ahmed-led crime drama “The Night Of.”