‘True Detective’ Season 3 Set at HBO Starring Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali Nic Pizzolatto
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True Detective” is back on the case.

HBO’s limited series will officially return for a third season, this time starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. Showrunner and creator Nic Pizzolatto is set to direct, along with Jeremy Saulnier (“Green Room,” “Blue Ruin”).

The next installment tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas. It does not currently have an air date, nor is there a set date for the start of production.

“Nic has written truly remarkable scripts,” said Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming. “With his ambitious vision and Mahershala Ali and Jeremy Saulnier aboard, we are excited to embark on the next installment of True Detective.”

Pizzolatto is the sole writer of the series, with the exception of episode 4 which he co-wrote with David Milch. “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,’ said Pizzolatto, who is under an overall deal at the cabler. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

“True Detective’s” critically acclaimed first season starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson; Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch appeared in the second season. “True Detective’s” second run ended up averaging more same-night viewers (2.61 million) than Season 1 (2.33 million), according to Nielsen. But that was due to a big tune-in for the first couple of weeks of Season 2. The finale of the second season averaged 2.71 million, while the conclusion of the first drew a series-best 3.52 million, according to Nielsen.

Executive producers also include Scott Stephens, McConaughey, Harrelson, Cary Joji Fukunaga, along with Steve Golin, Bard Dorros, and Richard Brown.

Pizzolatto is represented by Jill Gillett, Sylvie Rabineau, Phil Raskind at WME, Bard Dorros at Anonymous Content. Ali is repped by Brandt Joel and Brian DePersia at WME, Carolyn Govers at Anonymous Content. And Jeremy Saulnier is represented by Rob Kenneally, Maha Dakhil, Craig Gering at CAA, Keith Redmon at Anonymous Content

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  1. Dennis says:

    There was no Season 2. Do not speak of it again.

  2. Ryan Craven says:

    I want a try out. I live in Fayetteville Arkansas.

  3. loco73 says:

    Can’t wait! The third season can’t come soon enough!

  4. AmandaSue2 says:

    I LOVE this series! My recorder has been waiting for months, and months, and months to record every episode, sooooo whenever HBO puts it on the air, I’m ready!

  5. icanspeel says:

    Looking forward to it. I might be in the minority but I enjoyed Season 2. Sure it had its flaws, but still enjoyed it overall.

  6. Dunstan says:

    I never saw the second season; heard it was fairly unwatchable. While the first season was really good, in retrospect, it was very repetitious and doesn’t begin to hold a candle to any season of “Fargo.”

    I hope this new version is a good one. Ali is terrific.

  7. CattyGrabber says:

    No Mention of that tall guy fr season 2, the not-quite-funny man who worked w/ Owen Wilson.

  8. Glen Martin says:

    Yes finally thanks HBO for renewing Trye Detective hopefully since Nic is the sole writer he will make his vision a reality

  9. mcjon22 says:

    I guess they’re just gonna let the Yellow King and his cult continue to run wild in New Orleans…

    Hopefully this is a more twisted/darker storyline ala season one.

    I remember reading something after the first season that they were thinking about doing something about the acult and murders/patterns that somehow connected to the construction of highways and interstates in the north east.

    Hopefully, they get back to their roots in season 3

    • TV says:

      Yes, the deeper more pernicious and more powerful evil in California political corruption was too subtle. Most shallow audiences today prefer caricature like season one’s evil

      • Glen says:

        Shallow audience is exactly the one which will search version of evil that is only reflection of everyday ‘evil’: tedious, mediocre, opportunistic, stupid and totally unimaginative evil treated in way of light satire, made for the same unimaginative people.

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