On the surface, HBO’s currently acclaimed and so far strongly rated mystery drama series “The Night Of” seems to be very much a ‘one and done’ style affair – an eight-episode self-contained event series about a complex murder case in New York City.
That may not be entirely true though as showrunner Steven Zaillian told the press (via THR this weekend at the network’s TCA presentation that a possible second installment is in discussion:
“We’re thinking about it and if we come up with something we all feel is worthy of doing, we’ll do it. This was designed as a standalone piece… That being said, there are ways of certainly kind of taking what it feels like and what its about and doing another season on another subject.”
Such a move wouldn’t be unprecedented. The series is a remake of the five-part 2008 British mini-series “Criminal Justice”, that version had Ben Whishaw in the Riz Ahmed role and the likes of Pete Postlethwaite, Lindsay Duncan, Ruth Negga and David Harewood in supporting roles. It scored a second season which followed a different case.
The news was amongst several major announcements made by HBO during the presentation. Amongst others were renewals for Bill Maher through 2018, and the availability of the entire run of “The Larry Sanders Show” through HBO Go and HBO NOW starting September 23rd.