Season 3 of True Detective is officially happening, per the Hollywood Reporter. Mahershala Ali is the lead on the latest installment of HBO's anthology series; he will play a state police detective from Arkansas who gets caught up in a "macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods." HBO held off on confirming the third season of the show until it found a director who would team up with show creator Nic Pizzolatto, who is basically the sole writer of this season. While the first season of the show was a massive hit, the second season failed to land with critics. The director the network found is Jeremy Saulnier, though Pizzolatto will also co-direct.
Deadwood creator David Milch co-wrote one episode; Deadline reports that he has been "helping on the show." It's long been reported Ali, who won an Oscar for his role in Moonlight, would play the lead, and in July, Jezebel called the actor "what True Detective needs to recover from its terrible second season." TV Cheat Sheet takes a look at his background and whether he can bring fans back to the show. The official news of his casting is getting a lot of love on Twitter. "I gotta say, if you have to do another TRUE DETECTIVE, Mahershala Ali + Jeremy Saulnier w/ an assist from David Milch is a good deal," says one user.