‘True Detective’ Creator Expects Show to End After 3 Seasons

The creator of ‘True Detective’ has to put so much time and effort into his scripts that he doesn’t see the show going past three seasons….

The second season of ‘True Detective’ won’t likely debut until 2015, but as sad as it sounds this may already be the penultimate year for the anthology series on HBO.

Creator Nic Pizzolatto crafted an intricate story for the first season of the show starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, which will likely clean up with Emmy nominations soon enough. Unlike almost any other show on TV, Pizzolatto not only created the show, but he wrote every single script for all eight episodes of the first season.

The plan is for Pizzolatto to do the exact same thing for season two, but due to the intense nature of the work load, he doesn’t see a way he could do ‘True Detective’ for more than three seasons total.

“Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand new TV show,” Pizzolatto said recently at the Banff World Media Festival. “It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That’s incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it’s doubly exhausting and I’m writing every episode.

“I can’t imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I’d like to have a regular TV show. We’ll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don’ t have to be there every second. It’d be great.”

Before we all start shedding tears about the possibility of ‘True Detective’ only going three seasons, there still has to be a season two and that’s well underway from the scripts Pizzolatto has been crafting since the end of the debut season.

Ever since the first season ended speculation has run wild on the concept and stars that could takeover the year two, and while rumors have popped up here and there, Pizzolatto not only shoots them down — he says they’ve been downright laughable.

Not because the actors or actresses rumored to star in the show aren’t any good (here’s looking at you Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain), but because Pizzolatto has such control over the series that the names in his head have never even been mentioned to the other people involved with the show.

“Literally, not a single rumor about casting that has been printed anywhere has any truth to it whatsoever,” Pizzolatto said. “I mean that literally. I’ve seen entertainment reporters say ‘My sources say . . . ‘ There are no sources. There’s me and two other guys and they don’t even know what I’m doing.”

Pizzolatto will continue to work on the scripts for season two with the expectation that the show will return to production later this year with a 2015 debut date on HBO.

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