Television Is a Flat Circle: True Detective Revival Comes Around


Is time a flat circle, or is that the Television industry? Either way, the True Detective revival we assumed would come back around one day is here.

True Detective was one of those once-in-a-blue-moon series that caused massive hysteria in their audiences with a twisted whodunit merged with a bizarre spirituality, and two A-list actors slumming it up on TV in a primordial storytelling soup. Everything about it said that it only worked because of the particular alchemy of those factors.

So of course, the executives at HBO, who clearly have no grasp of science, figured they could do a second season and have the same results. We all know how that turned out. The “True Detective Season 3” slot this year is now held by Game of Thrones, the ratings monster at the end of all of HBO’s accounting books.

But do not count True Detective dead. Time is a flat circle and everything comes around again, like that skip in your favorite record. Apparently time is also moving faster than people anticipated, as it has already come around. Yesterday HBO proudly announced they will be running around attempting to once again catch lightning in their empty bottles… soon.

According to Entertainment Weekly:

"EW has exclusively learned that creator Nic Pizzolatto has penned at least the first two episodes for a potential third edition of the acclaimed anthology crime drama. We have also learned that Emmy-winning writer-producer David Milch — the mind behind dramas such as Deadwood and NYPD Blue — is coming on board to work with Pizzolatto."

So, to recap, we have a plot outline, three chapters of script and someone with a track record of success who has agreed to work with Pizzolatto to make sure HBO’s monetary investments see some sort of returns.

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What we don’t have: a return date. (With Game of Thrones most likely occupying the summer slot both this year and next, the old spot is taken.) We also don’t have any actors signed up, though Matthew McConaughey has express interest in reprising his role again. Let’s just hope the same cannot be said about Colin Farrell.