Some HBO series just got renewed, but a couple others weren’t so lucky.
Fans of Westworld and Divorce rejoiced this week when HBO announced that both series, along with Insecure, were picked up for additional 10-episode seasons. As for other shows, like True Detective, the news wasn’t quite as good.
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Variety that there were currently no plans for more True Detective or The Night Of. Bloys did note that the door hasn’t been closed on either show for good, simply stating that for the people in charge of both series, “When they get something that’s exciting to them, we will happily do another season.”
The circumstances for the two series couldn’t be more different. True Detective once occupied Westworld‘s current position as HBO’s premiere non-Game of Thrones drama. Then season 2 happened.
Disliked by many critics and fans, the second season soured many of those involved on its continuation. The anthology nature of the series means it could easily be brought back if there’s a story worth telling, but with creator Nic Pizzolatto now working on other projects, that possibility seems more remote than ever at the moment.
The Night Of was a critical daring this summer, so it’s hard to imagine many people wouldn’t be glad to see it return. The issue there is that the first season was based on the British series Criminal Justice, and while that show did air a second season, there’s no indication HBO would adapt that. If it doesn’t, someone would need to write some compelling new material.
Fortunately, the success of Westworld and Divorce, along with promising 2017 fare like Big Little Lies means that HBO doesn’t need True Detective or The Night Of back on the air to keep chugging along. The post-Game of Thrones winter will eventually arrive, but it remains to be seen how big a part crime dramas will play in it.