HBO programming director Michael Lombardo lets a few pieces of information go about the new season of ‘True Detective’….
By Damon Martin — Editor/Lead Writer
Details surrounding the new season of ‘True Detective’ have been kept secret better than alien landings on Earth because filming for the upcoming second year of the breakout series on HBO is about to begin and still no one knows anything for certain about casting.
HBO programming director Michael Lombardo revealed on Thursday while speaking at the Edinburgh TV festival that the series will go back into production next month with the new cast and story laid out by show creator Nic Pizzolatto.
One other interesting piece of information Lombardo let loose during the discussion is the fact that ‘True Detective’ season 2 won’t debut until summer 2015 unlike the first season, which kicked off on January 12 earlier this year.
“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.”
Casting rumors have circled around a few key names but most notably Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Elizabeth Moss and Vince Vaughn although HBO has denied any news up to this point and no one will know for sure until an official announcement is made.
Now the next piece of news could just be promotional bluster for the upcoming season, but Lombardo says that while the new season of ‘True Detective’ isn’t as dark as last season he believes the writing is actually better.
Pizzolatto handles all of the writing duties himself on the show, just like he did for the debut season. Unlike most series with a room full of writers, Pizzolatto crafts the stories from start to finish with only his words being jotted down on each individual script.
“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,” Lombardo said. “But the writing is better than last season. It’s exceptional.”
For now it appears the rumors will just have to continue to flow until the official announcements about casting for the show are made in the coming weeks. With September just around the corner it would seem the cat will be let out of the bag sooner rather than later and then the speculation begins on the types of characters each of the lead actors and actresses will play.
In other words get ready for a whole lot more ‘True Detective’ speculation until the show finally debuts next summer.