HBO officially renewed True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto’s crime anthology, for a third season.

  • Star: Mahershala Ali. The Oscar winner for Moonlight will be playing Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas.
  • Premise: “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.”
  • Writing: Pizzolatto is the sole writer of Season 3, with the exception of Episode 4 which he co-wrote with Deadwood’s David Milch. That more closely resembles the series’ acclaimed first season (versus the much-maligned second).
  • Key addition: Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin, Green Room) has come on board as an executive director/director.
  • Quote: “I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy. I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.” — Pizzolatto