HBO still in love with ‘True Detective’

Last year, “True Detective” was a critical darling and resounding success for HBO. The series” second season has received a mixed response at best, however.

That notwithstanding, HBO head of programming Michael Lombardo insisted that he is still very much in the Nic Pizzolatto business at today”s TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour. Going so far as to insist that he”d love to see a third season of the crime drama.

“I've already called him and said, 'Nic if you want to do a Season 3, let's start talking,” Lombardo enthused. 

Pizzolatto — the creator and sole writer on the series – has come under notable critical fire for its sophomore outing. “I was on vacation,” Lombardo said.  “I came back for this, and I became aware that some of you have tweeted and written some comments about “True Detective” that you weren't enjoying it as much as you thought you might.”

However, as far as Lombardo is concerned, “Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television and motion pictures today.”

 “I think he takes a big swing,” Lombardo reflected. 

Though divisive, True Detective is a ratings success for the network, as the HBO head was quick to point out.

“I haven't asked every one of the 12 million viewers who is watching,” Lombardo quipped. “But I think what he's doing is so much bolder, braver, and satisfying that what I'm seeing in film. I'd happily be in business with him for a long time.”

Lombardo concluded by saying that this is a series best understood once it”s been seen in its entirely, promising an “enormously satisfying” final two episodes.

Are you looking forward to the completion of True Detective? Are you open to more? Or do you feel that it”s time to close this case?