Following his comments about sex and violence in the network's "Game of Thrones," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo also spoke at this week's Edinburgh International Television Festival about the upcoming second season of the network's critically acclaimed drama "True Detective".
First off he claims it won't be as dark as the first: "It's still dark. Nic [Pizzolatto, creator] explores the darkness in people's souls… It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul."
He confirms they start shooting in September with the program scheduled to air next Summer. As for the setting and characters: "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."
Pizzolatto will again script the new season, but three or four directors will tackle the assorted episodes. The network has yet to confirm any cast members despite names like Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Taylor Kitsch, Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Forbes all rumored.
Lombardo says the writing is even better than the first season: "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. But the writing is better than last season. It's exceptional."