HBO’s television department is currently mid-shake-up, with longtime president Michael Lombardo stepping down and being replaced by Casey Bloys. Before taking this new role, Bloys had been in charge of HBO’s slate of comedies, overseeing your Veeps and Silicon Valleys Ballerses and such. The Hollywood Reporter poked around a bit to see how the move was being received around HBO, and people seem pleased, with Danny McBride — a Bloys collaborator on the upcoming Vice Principals — saying he has “consistently been one of the most insightful and supportive executives around. He also knows black magic and I believe kung fu.”
Also, he went to high school with The Rock. Has very little to do with anything, really, but thought you should know.
But there’s another little tidbit tucked inside that THR story.
While juggernaut Game of Thrones and the final season of Damon Lindelof’s Peabody-winning drama The Leftovers shouldn’t require too much of Bloys’ time, other decisions, including the fate of True Detective, now fall to him. (HBO sources suggest a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely.)
Heck of a thing to put in a parenthetical.
There are a few steps to go from “some people think” to “HBO Announces The End Of True Detective,” so take all of this with a few grains of salt and a six-pack of Lone Star pounders. And Bloys probably doesn’t want to make any huge decisions like this until he has, like, a desk in his new office. But it is interesting. The second season of True Detective was a pretty significant drop off from the first, so maybe an abrupt course change like this could be the best plan for everyone. If it really is the beginning of the end, though, we’ll always have the, uh… memes.
We’ll always have the memes.