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True Detective may get a third season with the creator of Deadwood

It’s maybe finally happening!

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HBO’s ongoing will-they-won’t-they relationship with Nic Pizzolatto and his series, True Detective, may have just received a nudge in the right direction.

After close to two years without updates on a series that was once regarded as one of HBO’s most prestigious, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the network is moving forward with a third season — with Deadwood creator David Milch on board. Pizzolatto has written two episodes of the anthology show, according to Entertainment Weekly, but HBO hasn’t commented on whether the series is back in development at this time.

HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, has said the network is open to bringing True Detective back, as long as Pizzolatto isn’t running the show. In an interview with IndieWire last July, Bloys said the network had faith in Pizzolatto’s vision as a writer, but didn’t want to overwork him.

In that way, Milch seems like a perfect option. Best known for creating series like Deadwood, NYPD Blue and Luck, Milch is one of HBO’s most beloved showrunners. His career in television spans more than three decades and he has the organizational skills to be a showrunner — something Pizzolatto reportedly struggled with.

If the project is in development, it’s still in its infancy. It’s unclear when True Detective would be slated to return, but it’s not going to be this year and it probably wouldn’t be in 2018, either.

True Detective’s acclaimed first season and infamous second season are available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.

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