HBO’s Valiant New Head of Programming Probably Won’t Greenlight a Third Season of ‘True Detective’


It may be time to stop brainstorming fantasy castings for the next season of True Detective. According to a Hollywood Reporter profile of HBO’s new head of programming, Casey Bloys, there probably won’t be a third season. Instead, according to reporter Lacey Rose, it’s likely the cable giant will greenlight a different project from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto — a novelist who quickly rose to fame when the show’s first season, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, became a massive, meme-inspiring hit. The second season… not so much.

Bloys was previously HBO’s head of comedy, so the decision to have him replace longtime president Michael Lombardo, who announced he was stepping down last week, is a good omen. Game of Thrones notwithstanding, HBO has been struggling with its drama slate in the past few years (ahem, Vinyl). But comedies like Veep, Silicon Valley, and Girls — all of which Bloys “shepherded,” Rose points out — have generated both critical praise and internet buzz, not to mention Emmys.

Bloys is already involved in a few highly anticipated upcoming series at HBO, including Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and created by Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan; the new Danny McBride/Jody Hill collaboration Vice Principals, premiering July 17; and Issa Rae’s notoriously stalled comedy Insecure, based on her popular web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. All hail Casey Bloys.