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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto: Casting Rumors Are Bunk, Third Season Might be the Last

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2014 at 1:22PM

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the film's second season. Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.
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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season of "True Detective."
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the first season of "True Detective."

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the series's second season.  Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.

Speaking to reporters at the Banff World Media Festival, Pizzolatto shot down rumors about Brad Pitt, Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain joining the show.  "Literally, not a single rumour about casting that has been printed anywhere has any truth to it whatsoever.  I’ve seen entertainment reporters say ‘My sources say...' There are no sources."  OK, then.

The eight-episode first season of the HBO drama wowed critics and audiences, drawing the most eyeballs of any new HBO show since "Six Feet Under."  Season Two, however, will not see the return of stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and will instead have a different cast and storyline and will be set in California instead of Season One's Louisiana.

Pizzolatto--who personally wrote every episode of the first season of "True Detective"--has written the first two episodes of the second season and says he has some ideas for the third.  But as a solo writer, he told reporters at Banff that he's not sure how long he can keep up the gig, meaning "True Detective" might end up a three-season show.

"Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand new TV show," he said. "It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That’s incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it’s doubly exhausting and I’m writing every episode. I can’t imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I’d like to have a regular TV show. We’ll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don’ t have to be there every second. It’d be great."

This article is related to: HBO, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, TV, Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Christian Bale


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