Casey Bloys, the new appointment for HBO, claimed that the network was still interested in making a third series of the crime drama, despite poor reception for its second season.
Sources had previously reported that the series would not be making a return, but Bloys says that HBO would still like to continue with series creator Nic Pizzolatto.
“I’ve talked to Nic about it, and I think both Nic and HBO, we’re open to a third season,” he said. “It’s a really valuable franchise for us. I think both seasons average about 11 million viewers an episode. So not dead. Just I’m not sure we have the right take for a third season yet.”
True Detective originally starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two cops investigating a cult in the rural swamplands of Louisiana.
Season 2 of the dark cop drama was notoriously panned by critics and viewers following a hugely critically acclaimed first season.
Failure of the second season has been blamed on the incredibly short timeframe given to write and produce it, with former president of programming Michael Lombardo saying so himself.
Nic Pizzolatto is said to be currently working on another project and does not yet have a specific idea for a third season of the show.
Bloys said that HBO are open to someone else front the next season, with Pizzolatto supervising.
Source: The Wrap