Photo of Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson in 'True Detective,' courtesy HBO
It appears hope for a new season of True Detective is alive and well, as new scripts have been written and NYPD Blue vet David Milch has joined the team.
According to Entertainment Weekly, creator Nic Pizzolatto has completed at least two episodes for a potential third installment of the acclaimed HBO anthology series. Milch, an Emmy winner for his work writing for NYPD Blue, has been working with Pizzolatto behind the scenes, although the full scope of his role is unclear.
A new edition of True Detective hasn't been ordered and its future is still not certain, but this movement suggests progress is being made.
HBO's head of programming Casey Bloys last summer called the project "a valuable franchise" and said the network was "open to another season," noting "it's not dead." Perhaps relevant considering Milch's involvement, Bloys also said: "We’re open to somebody else writing it and Nic supervising it."
Interestingly, Bloys said at the same Television Critics Association event back in July that Milch has also been working on a script for the long-discussed movie version of his own former HBO series Deadwood.
While the second season of True Detective wasn't as well-received by critics and fans, the first season starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson was a hit and seems to be encouraging the network to give it another shot.
A rep for HBO did not immediately respond to a request for comment.