A profile with new programming director Casey Bloys says that the anticipated third season falls in his hands, but "HBO sources suggest a new project from creator Nic Pizzolatto is more likely." The first season, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, was critically acclaimed, but last year's follow-up starring Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell fell flat.
Pizzolatto, the creator of True Detective, has said in the past that he "can't imagine" doing the show for more than three years. He told reporters at the 2014 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."
Last Fall, HBO signed an exclusive overall deal with Nic Pizzolatto through 2018, so even if there's no more True Detective, we'll still have him.