A new season of True Detective looks to be on its way soon. Although the second season, starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, received mixed reviews after the success of the first, Nic Pizzolatto seems to be committed to returning after HBO announced a new deal with the showrunner.
While HBO’s statement does not include a firm commission of True Detective season three, such a project could be covered by the deal.
Lombardo affirmed his confidence in Pizzolatto in a press release, calling him “one of the most exceptionally talented writers and producers working today”. “I look forward to seeing where his unique creative vision will take us next,” he added.
Despite less-than-stellar reception, True Detective’s second run ended up averaging more same-night viewers (2.61 million) than Season 1 (2.33 million), according to Nielsen. But that was due to a big tune-in for the first couple of weeks of Season 2. The finale of the second season averaged 2.71 million, while the conclusion of the first drew a series-best 3.52 million, according to Nielsen.
In multi-platform viewing, an estimated 11.9 million viewers watched Season 1 on a weekly basis, according to HBO, while 11.3 million watched Season 2, indicating that viewers seemed more passionate about the original installment.
“I am thrilled to continue our relationship with Nic, as he is one of the most exceptionally talented writers and producers working today,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. “I look forward to seeing where his unique creative vision will take us next.”