‘True Detective’ Season 3 ‘Is Not Dead,’ HBO President of Programming Says

“It’s a really valuable franchise for us,” Casey Bloys says during TCA panel

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“True Detective” may still return to HBO, someday.

Casey Bloys, the premium cable network’s new president of programming, told reporters during a TCA Summer Press Tour over the weekend that Nic Pizzolatto’s crime drama “is not dead.”

“I’ve talked to Nic about it, and I think both Nic and HBO, we’re open to a third season,” he said. “It’s a really valuable franchise for us. I think both seasons average about 11 million viewers an episode. So not dead. Just I’m not sure we have the right take for a third season yet.”

“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.”

Bloys said that Pizzolatto, who is signed to an overall deal with HBO, still doesn’t have a specific idea for a third season of “True Detective,” and is busy “working on some other projects.”

“We’re open to somebody else writing it, with Nic supervising it,” Bloys said.

Bloys’ update on the future of the series comes a few months after the media reported that the show would not be back.