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HBO & Nic Pizzolatto Issue Official Statements Denying Plagiarism Charge Against 'True Detective'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 4:02 PM
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Earlier this week, the interwebs lit up when a detailed argument surfaced accusing "True Detective" creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto of plagiarizing significant portions of his scripts for the show. A piece over at the at The Lovecraft E-zine noted the startling similarities between dialogue from "True Detective" and portions of Thomas Ligotti's "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race." Other examples, including works by William S. Burroughs and Alan Moore, were brought to light as well. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before a response was issued from the HBO camp, and indeed it has arrived.

Nic Pizzolatto Says 'True Detective' Season 3 Could Be In The Vein Of 'The Big Lebowski,' Has Rodeo Drama In Works At HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 2:35 PM
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The timing could probably be a little bit better. With an Emmy campaign underway and a helluva lot of buzz around the second season, "True Detective" writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto has been hit with charges of plagiarism. You can read the full details here, but essentially some horror fiction pundits allege that the influence the show takes from the work of Thomas Ligotti goes beyond mere homage to outright theft. Nevertheless, Pizzolatto is still one of the hottest names on the TV landscape, and in a new profile in THR he reaches beyond season two to talk about what season three of the hit HBO drama could look like (even as he doesn't see the show going beyond that).

'True Detective' Creator/Writer Nic Pizzolatto Accused Of Plagiarism

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2014 9:01 AM
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"The only honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing and march hand-in-hand into extinction," the always cheerful Rust Cohle says in the memorable, meme inspiring car conversation sequence from "Seeing Things," the second episode of "True Detective." That line and many others from the sequence are heavily indebted to the work of horror writer Thomas Ligotti, in particular his book "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race." While series creator Nic Pizzolatto has cited Ligotti for his influence on the show, two horror scholars have alleged that he stepped over the line from homage to plagiarism.

'True Detective' Writer Nic Pizzolatto Says Season 2 Will Have "Four Central Roles"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2014 5:53 PM
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While the decision to put the show in the Drama category instead of Miniseries for Emmy consideration rankled some, it paid off for HBO, with "True Detective" earning twelve nominations this morning. So now, all eyes are on the second season, and particularly on Nic Pizzolatto, who once again is writing the whole damn thing himself (impressive). And today he reveals that the next season is getting bigger, while dialing back a bit on some of the plot details he previously hinted at.

'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto Says He "Can't Imagine" The Show Lasting For More Than Three Seasons

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 1:20 PM
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If you, like so many of us, are a big fan of "True Detective" (which hit DVD and Blu-ray this week), you'd better savor what you have and what's still to come, because it appears that the show isn't going to be one of those that goes on for years and years. Some were taken by surprise (even though it had always been announced as such) when they realized that the series was an anthology show, switching up characters, cast and setting for each season and telling an entirely new self-contained story. But disappointment at not getting to spend more time with Rust and Marty was countered by the sense of possibility: it's a show that could theoretically run forever.

Watch: DVD Trailer For 'True Detective' Reminds You What All The Fuss Was About

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 8:59 AM
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Time, as we all know by now, is a flat circle. And so, nearly three months on from the conclusion of "True Detective," we're starting to loop back around. Casting rumors are already gearing up for the second season of Nic Pizzolatto and HBO's wildly acclaimed crime show, and we should be hearing much more about it in the weeks to come, especially with the series likely to be a behemoth in the upcoming Emmy nominations.

Matthew McConaughey Says He’d “Be Open” To Doing More ‘True Detective’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 5, 2014 11:41 AM
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When Matthew McConaughey signed on for “True Detective,” the actor thought it would be a one-time deal and that’s it. "That was always how I saw it. One season, eight episodes, a finite beginning, middle and end, goodbye, look forward to watching it," he told Deadline this week in an Emmy-related conversation. "If HBO had wanted an option on me for a season two or three, I wouldn't have done it. I wouldn't have walked into something where they could say, 'We've got you for the next three years'."

Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale, & Jessica Chastain Casting "Prototypes" For 'True Detective' Season 2

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 28, 2014 3:51 PM
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Nic Pizzolatto’s "True Detective” season two will casting in the next month, and buzz and speculation about what's next in the series is still going strong. Not hurting any is Pizzolatto's recent tease: the second season will feature three lead characters, will be set in California and will still explore the "psychosphere" of that different milieu. All this has led to another rash of fun memes, Twitter users posting their favorite iconic trio with the #TrueDetectiveSeason2 hash tag.

Nic Pizzolatto Says 'True Detective' Season Two Will Have 3 Leads, Explore "Psychosphere Ambience" Of California

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2014 10:19 AM
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Here's what we know so far about the developing second season of "True Detective": it's about "hard women, bad men and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system"; it'll probably have more than one director; and sorry, it won't feature Jessica Chastain. But writer/producer Nic Pizzolatto has shared a few more details about what's coming from the hottest show in television.

Exploring The Season Finale Of 'True Detective' & What We’d Like To See Carry Over To Season 2

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 10, 2014 4:16 PM
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This morning, a dull, gray dawn broke on a dull, gray “True Detective”-less world. The show that has had us gripped for the last eight weeks (or the last weekend for compulsive binge watchers—hi there!) came to an end in either a blaze of HBOGO-crashing glory, or a fizzle of HBOGO-crashing disappointment, depending on your point of view. We’re much more in the former camp than the latter, so much so that we found our usual Good vs. Bad approach wanting this time around, purely because after a couple of niggles we were really reaching for anything particularly bad to say about it.

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