HBO says 'True Detective' is 'not dead' and will get a season 3

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It looks like “True Detective” may get a third season on HBO after all.

Or, at least, the new HBO president of programming, Casey Bloys, is planning on it.

“It’s a really valuable franchise for us,” Bloys told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, according to The Wrap. “I think both seasons average about 11 million viewers an episode. So not dead. Just I’m not sure we have the right take for a third season yet.”

The show’s first season, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as police officers trying to solve a killing, became a sensation, with the internet going crazy for theories of the fictional case.

However, season two, which did not have the direction of season-one helmer Cary Fukunaga, did not find the same excitement from viewers. The story moved to Los Angeles and tackled police corruption. It starred Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams.

According to Bloys, show creator Nic Pizzolatto has an overall deal with HBO and is currently “working on some other projects.”

Bloys is striking a different tone than his predecessor Michael Lombardo, who stated in May that the series would not be back for a third season.

Bloys was named as HBO’s president of programming in late May.

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