HBO’s “True Detective” is Not Dead, Yet

Despite a universally panned second season, one-time blockbuster True Detective may not be dead over at HBO just yet.

True Detective season 3 (once thought as improbable) is apparently closer than ever to becoming a reality, according to a report on Monday by Entertainment Weekly. Word has it that the premium network has brought in David Milch to work with series creator Nic Pizzolatto—the latter of which has reportedly already penned the first two episodes of the next season.

After the sophomore slump True Detective experienced with fans & critics in 2015, no one was sure whether the show—much less Pizzolatto—would be revived for a third year. However, last July, HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, told reporters that both Pizzolatto and the network were open to another season.

For Milch—who created NYPD Blue—returning to work with HBO is likely bittersweet, to say the least. The network has cancelled his last two projects for them after one season (Luck, John from Cincinnati), and (like us) is still waiting on a cinematic conclusion for a third (Deadwood), also ended by the network far before its time.

Another open question for True Detective fans: will Matthew McConaughey return?

Recently, the actor expressed interest in reprising his role as Rust Cohle for a third season of the show; and while True Detective has been built on stand-alone seasons thus far, if McConaughey did commit to returning, you can bet Pizzolatto (and HBO) would find some way to make that storyline work into the show’s format.

Nothing, at this point, is definitive about True Detective season 3 just yet. We’ll keep you updated once more information becomes available.