Appearing at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Wednesday, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys was adamant that various projects announced by the network a while back are still very much on the way.
First up, a third season of “True Detective” seems to be moving forward fast with almost the entire season’s scripts now done and Bloys having already read five of them (both previous seasons had eight episodes).
Mahershala Ali is locked to star, but the key question is a director with Bloys saying “When we find a director, we’ll be a go on that”. The statement implies it will follow the model of the first season with one filmmaker directing all eight episodes.
Bloys offered an update on the “Deadwood” revival saying: “I read the script. The one thing I was concerned about was that the script would stand on its own. David [Milch] totally delivered on that. It’s a terrific script. If we can do a budget that makes sense for us, find a director and get the cast together, we’re inclined to do it.”
Separately at least two “Deadwood” regulars have confirmed in recent weeks that the network has begun reaching out to discuss scheduling availability – it’s looking like this might happen after all.
A second season of “The Night Of” isn’t a priority at this time as writer/creator Steven Zaillian has yet to pitch a new idea for his justice-system drama.
Bloys says talks are ongoing with the author of “Big Little Lies” about a follow-up, that Alan Ball’s new untitled family drama series is “a mix of True Blood and Six Feet Under,” and that the scripts for the final season of “Game of Thrones” are done with the episodes being storyboarded out right now.