HBO’s Michael Lombardo Backs True Detective at TCA


TCA, for those unfamiliar, is the Television Critics Association. They’re currently having a press-tour, and all the major networks are there. HBO had a panel yesterday and according to Entertainment Weekly — and many other sources — there was a lot to talk about. Sure, Game of Thrones came up, but HBO’s boss, Michael Lombardo, also had a few things to say about True Detective season two and working with Nic Pizzolatto.

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The fact that True Detective’s second season has been getting some flak has not escaped Lombardo, who stands by Nic Pizzolatto and True Detective all the way:

"“I think Nic Pizzolatto is one of the best writers working in television today…Much like all of our shows, I didn’t believe this season or the last season was intended for as big an audience as we were getting. We’re getting 12 million viewers an episode. I’m enormously proud of it.”"

The last few episodes of True Detective have been hitting it out of the park, even if there is so much to keep track of. Not to mention all of the ground that they still have left to cover. On that point, Lombardo believes that True Detective season two really comes together in the end, saying that “all I can tell you is I think how the show ends is as satisfying as any show I’ve seen.” He then goes on to stress that the season is meant to be seen as, and function as, a whole:

"“First of all, I think you need to watch the entirety of it…I think it’s enormously satisfying… I think Nic is a bold storyteller and I mean that only in the most positive ways. I think he takes risks in how he lays out stories and the pacing of stories and I think it pays off.”"

That’s good to hear, but since this is coming from the head of HBO, it should still be taken with a grain of salt. The future of Nic Pizzolatto and True Detective has not yet been decided, but Lombardo says that they are more than ready to work with him again, saying that the “door is always open” for another season. If there will be another season of True Detective, HBO won’t be announcing until well after season two has wrapped up.

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