A drama anthology that received critical raves — especially for its first season — will be back for season three. HBO announced it has given a long-awaited green light to a third season of “True Detective.”
The first season of the series, which bowed in early 2014 and starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, was an awards magnet, including chalking up 12 Primetime Emmy nominations and taking home five Emmys.
Season two, featuring Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams, arrived with high expectations in June 2015 and is widely considered to have come up short of those expectations.
Nonetheless, anticipation has been running strong for a third installment, with the project seemingly slow to get the official nod from HBO. The nod finally came late Thursday.
The show is created by Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote all of season one and wrote or co-wrote all of season two. The show’s first season was directed in its entirety by Cary Fukunaga, who wound up with an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
Direction during season two was divided among a number of directors including Justin Lin and John Crowley.
Mahershala Ali has been cast in the lead role for “True Detective’s” third season.