True Detective season 3 isn't returning for a long time

Tom Chapman
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From Digital Spy

Stand down armchair sleuths, because season 3 of HBO's True Detective is still a long way off.

Woody Harrelson may have shunned a return to the popular crime drama, but that hasn't dampened fans' excitement for another trip into the dark mind of Nic Pizzolatto.

Unfortunately, according to The Hollywood Reporter, season 3 of the gritty thriller won't hit the network this year.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, HBO programming president Casey Bloys was asked if True Detective would return in 2018, and firmly answered: "No, 2019."

Given the lukewarm/angry reception to True Detective's second season starring Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Colin Farrell, you can't blame writer and creator Pizzolatto for wanting to take his time.

Remember that season 1 was heralded as a masterpiece, so there's still hope that HBO's anthology series can return to its former glory.

Adding some new blood, season 3 of True Detective will focus on House of Cards alumnus Mahershala Ali as an Arkansas State Investigator tasked with another gruesome murder mystery in the Ozarks. Also along for the ride will be The Power of One's Stephen Dorff and Alien Covenant's Carmen Ejogo.

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As for the storyline, we know that it's due to be set in three different time periods over the course of a decade, but not much else.

Fear not though, HBO fans, we can look forward to the equally anticipated return of Westworld this year, while 2018 also sees the start of production for a Watchmen TV series and the shooting of a Deadwood movie.

In the meantime, you could always go back and binge the first two seasons of True Detective while you wait.

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