HBO Boss Says Substandard True Detective Season 2 Was “His Fault”


It’s fair to say that season two of True Detective wasn’t quite the critical or audience success that its first season was. In fact, the reception ranged from confusion to outright hostility. Some of that was a little unfair and over-the-top; there are far, far worse shows out there. But by delivering such a brilliant first season, the disappointment was exaggerated and exacerbated.

But don’t blame the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, says HBO boss Michael Lombardo, who says that the fault lies squarely with him.

Lombardo tells The Frame that the main problem was that he rushed Nic Pizzolatto into delivering a second season, leading to the lack of focus which was the main complaint highlighted by the critics. “When we tell someone to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place – when it’s ready, when it’s baked –we’ve failed. And I think in this particular case, the first season of True Detective was something that Nic Pizzolatto had been thinking about, gestating, for a long period of time.”

“I became too much of a network executive at that point. We had huge success. ‘Gee, I’d love to repeat that next year.’ Well, you know what? I set him up. To deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver. That’s not what that show is. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Find his muse. And so I think that’s what I learned from it. Don’t do that anymore.”

A third season of True Detective has not been announced though many are speculating it will be during HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter previews. Listening to Lombardo, though, even if it is announced, we may not get a date for its broadcast!


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