HBO Programming Director Discusses True Detective Season 2

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At the Edinburgh TV Festival today, HBO programming director Michael Lombardo discussed the network’s most talked-about series, the Emmy-nominated True Detective and provided some specific details about season two of the show. However, he did not provide any new information about the cast of the second season.

“We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer,” Lombardo said. “[It has] different characters, a different setting. It’s set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say. We’ll probably be announcing casting soon.”

There have been numerous casting rumors about season two of True Detective all summer. Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Elisabeth Moss have all been named as potential stars that are joining the series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lombardo has read the first two scripts for the new season of True Detective. He’s also looked at outlines for the two following episodes.

“When you have a success like True Detective it’s challenging, less for us and more for someone like Nic, how to face the page again and start afresh and not be haunted by the success of the show you’ve just done,” he said. “But the writing is better than last season. It’s exceptional.”

Lombardo also confirmed that unlike the first season of True Detective, which was entirely directed by Cary Fukunaga, season two of the series will feature multiple directors. He believes that they will end up using “three or four different directors,” but did not name any specific ones as possible candidates.

In addition to discussing the second season of True Detective, Lombardo also had some words about the final season of True Blood and why it was time to end the highly popular vampire series. Short answer: the writing.

“This season, True Blood is one of the highest rated shows across the board, it gets over 10 million views an episode,” Lombardo said. “But the minute you feel you’re airing it for the numbers we start questioning it. Every season we sit down with the creator and say ‘tell us what the next year will be like’. And if there aren’t exciting, unbelievable, undeniable ideas in the coming season, we’re questioning. And I think in the case of True Blood, it just felt like we had reached a place where the storytelling was hitting a wall. And to stay just because the ratings was strong, felt not who we are and we needed, quite honestly, the money and Sunday night space for new shows.”

The series finale of True Blood airs this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. True Detective earned 10 Emmy nominations for HBO this year, including Outstanding Drama Series and nods for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The Emmy Awards air this coming Monday, August 25th, on NBC.

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