In an interview with the Calgary Herald, True Detective showrunner Nic Pizzolatto put to rest any and all rumors surrounding who will be cast in the second season by stating that “literally, not a single rumour about casting that has been printed anywhere has any truth to it whatsoever,” and adding that only he and two other people know about Pizzolatto’s secret wish list, and that he’s only spoken to one person so far about being cast (Damien Lewis, OBVIOUSLY), and that’s between him, the other guy, and the Good Lord.
He also said that he’s more focussed on directors now than the main cast, although he did note that there will be four main cast members this season (Damien Lewis, Mo Rocca, Carol Burnett, and Robin Williams, OBVIOUSLY) and that, contrary to rumor, it’s not a “female-led” cast.
The one sad note, however, is that Pizzolatto also revealed that he only has the stomach to do three seasons of True Detective because it’s just too much work.
“Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand new TV show,” he said. “It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That’s incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it’s doubly exhausting and I’m writing every episode. I can’t imagine I would do this more than three years. I mean, I’d like to have a regular TV show. We’ll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don’ t have to be there every second. It’d be great.”
Goddamnit, Nic. Don’t you know how to be a proper workaholic. You just keep doing it until you drop dead, and then you can rest. Either that, or just tank one season (or hell, three consecutive episodes) and the Internet will chase you away. Don’t worry, though. HBO will bring in Moses Port and David Guarascio or Peyton Reed, and everyone will prey for your return. The INTERNET. We’re fickle!