Season two of True Detective was not good. There were things in season one of True Detective that were very good that were missing from True Detective season two and I won’t mention those things by name but they rhyme with Smash You Pecan a’Hey, Booty Farrelson and Terry Fuck You Naga. There were things, however, that both seasons had in common, and that thing is Nic Pizzolatto, who penned a first season that we armchair revisionist like to say had problems that were papered over by Smash You Pecan a’Hey and six packs of Lone Star, and that those problems weren’t not effectively papered over by Abs McFailure in the second season because he was too busy making gaga eyes at Ryan Gosling’s ex.
No matter, because according to HBO President Of Programming Michael Lombardo, it was all his fault because Nic Pizzolatto is a soulful person and Lombardo didn’t give him enough time to stare into the abyss and discover the obscure writings of another author from whom he could crib.
Here’s what Bardo said about that, via The Playlist:
Our biggest failures — and I don’t know if I would consider ‘True Detective 2’ — but when we tell somebody to hit an air date as opposed to allowing the writing to find its own natural resting place, when it’s ready, when it’s baked — we’ve failed,” Lombardo told The Frame. “And I think in this particular case, the first season of ‘True Detective’ was something that Nic Pizzolatto had been thinking about, gestating, for a long period of time. He’s a soulful writer. I think what we did was go, ‘Great.’ And I take the blame. I became too much of a network executive at that point. We had huge success. ‘Gee, I’d love to repeat that next year.’ ”
“Well, you know what? I set him up. To deliver, in a very short time frame, something that became very challenging to deliver,” he continued. “That’s not what that show is. He had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Find his muse. And so I think that’s what I learned from it. Don’t do that anymore.”
Fair enough, although Lindelof did manage to write a near-perfect season two of The Leftovers in the same amount of time, and he wrote two more episodes than the Piz, but then again, it takes more time to overwrite characters than to send them into purgatory as international assassins. That’s why HBO has signed a deal to keep the Piz around longer, but they have not announced a third True Detective season yet and they won’t until Nic has found his muse and taught her the finer points of existential nihilism and the flat, round shape of time.