Newswire: HBO doesn’t know what to do with True Detective either

HBO has renewed its ongoing deal with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, ensuring that the writer and executive producer will stay on with the premium network until 2018. But while Pizzolatto’s fate is fairly certain (or as certain as anything can be, in this vast, spiraling universe of uncomprehending terror), that of his most famous creation is not. According to Variety, HBO and Pizzolatto are pretty much like everybody else at this point, in that they don’t know what the hell to do with True Detective.

Was the anthology’s controversial second season—which ditched the first’s Lovecraft-tinged Southern philosophizing for a brutal tale of corruption and redemption in small-town California—a classic sophomore slump? A flash of underrated genius? Too Vince Vaughn-y for TV? Opinions abound, as widespread as Matthew McConaughey-inspired memes about time and its circular flatness. To the extent that objective reality exists, though …

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