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‘True Detective’ Season 2 Scripts ‘More Exciting’ Than Season 1

Speculation continues to run rampant regarding the cast and plot of “True Detective” season 2, but HBO Chairman/CEO Richard Plepler and president Michael Lombardo were reticent about revealing much about the anticipated follow-up at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour Thursday.

The execs refused to confirm rumors that the new season will feature one female and two male leads, but said that the two scripts they’ve read for season 2 so far are “more exciting” than season 1’s installments.

“Nic [Pizzolatto] is an incredibly talented writer, and he’s blown us away with the first two episodes, and we’re in conversations now on the cast. And I assume at least some announcements will be happening in the next week,” Lombardo said.

While they teased that announcements were imminent for the cast of the anthology series’ sophomore season, Lombardo admitted that they’re not daunted by the prospect of finding big stars to headline the series. “At the time that we committed to produce ‘True Detective,’ Matthew [McConaughey] certainly wasn’t the star that he turned out to be during the course of production. Then ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ came out. So I think we decided early on to free ourselves from the idea of stars and just lean into great acting and great writing.”

He added, “In terms of casting, I think the truth of the matter is… talented, well known actors look for great writing. I think the people we will cast will be well known names, but that wasn’t our ambition.”

Season 1 of “True Detective” earned multiple Emmy nominations this morning, including lead actor nods for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and a best drama nomination.

UPDATE: Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to star in “True Detective” season two.

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