Reports of True Detective’s untimely demise after a lacklustre second season appear to have been wide of the mark.
It comes after EW reported that HBO is set to revive the crime anthology series for a third season with original creator Nic Pizzolatto remaining as show runner.
Crucially, however, the show looks set to benefit from the experience of David Milch who is being brought on board to oversee the project.
A veteran writer and producer, Milch is most famous for his work on Murder One, NYPD Blue and the critically-acclaimed western series Deadwood.
The move could result in significant changes to a series that won widespread critical acclaim when it debuted, with the first series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson remaining a firm favourite with box set fans.
Things went seriously wrong in season two though, with a similarly star-studded cast featuring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn failing to lift an abject plot and clichéd characters above anything other than mediocre.
Thoughts will now turn to whether the show introduces another entirely new set of characters or opts to return to the winning duo of McConaughey and Harrelson.
While the latter has so far rebuffed any suggestion of a return, McConaughey admitted in an interview last year that he missed the part of Rusty Cohle and would be open to a return.
As long as they don’t bring back Vaughn’s Frank Semylon, we’ll be happy.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.