Thursday 23 March 2017

HBO defends True Detective season 2, wants Nic Pizzoletto to write third season

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

True Detective - The drama continues to focus on small, cloying details of a case that’s overshadowing the actors and characters
True Detective - The drama continues to focus on small, cloying details of a case that’s overshadowing the actors and characters
David Morse as Elliot Bezzerides in True Detective
Rachel McAdams in True Detective
New season: Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch in True Detective
Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh in True Detective
Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon in True Detective

The second season of True Detective has been criticised for Vince Vaughn's performance, being sexist, too confusing, and generally not living up to the dizzying standard set by the first.

However, HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo has defended the series, and said the network would welcome a third season.

“I think you need to watch the entirety of it,” he told the Television Critics Association on Thursday. “I think the season’s ending is as satisfying as any series we’ve done.”

He described writer Nic Pizzalatto as "one of the best writers working in film or television who takes big swings" and added, “If he wants to do another season, I said the door is open, we’d like to do another season of it."

The second season stars a brand new cast including Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Taylor Kitsch with the stars of the first acclaimed series, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, producing.

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Farrell and McAdams have received rave reviews for their performances but the series has been criticised for focusing on the minutiae of the plot to the detriment of character development while Vaughn's performance has come under fire.

At the same event, Lombardo told reporters that there are plans for at least eight seasons of fellow HBO show Game of Thrones.

The series' fifth season wrapped in May and the sixth is currently filming in Belfast.

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