While fans only have a few short days to find out if HBO's True Detective can take home the Best Drama Series award at the Emmys this Monday, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo confirmed at the Edinburgh TV Festival that Season 2 will start production in September for a Summer 2015 premiere, with casting to be announced shortly.
"We're going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It's set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that's probably all I'm allowed to say. We'll probably be announcing casting soon."
There have been a number of actors rumored to be in contention for various roles this season, including Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund and Vince Vaughn. Elisabeth Moss was also reportedly approached for a role, but she denied any involvement with the show earlier this month.
The story reportedly centers on the death of Ben Caspar, the corrupt city manager of a fictional California city. Colin Farrell is reportedly up for the role of Ray Velcro, a detective with issues in both his personal and professional lives. Taylor Kitsch's rumored role is 28-year-old detective Paul Woodrugh, who has seen plenty of destruction and violence. Vince Vaughn is in contention to play Frank Semyon, a businessman who is pushing for a high-speed light-rail system that will link Northern and Southern California. The role Elisabeth Moss was rumored for is Ani Bezzerides, the sheriff of Monterey who has issues with gambling and alcohol.
Of course, none of this has been confirmed yet, but if production is starting in September, hopefully we'll hear more concrete details soon.
Michael Lombardo also revealed he has read scripts for the first two Season 2 episodes, written by series creator Nic Pizzolatto, plus outlines for subsequent episodes. Here's what he had to say, revealing that the writing is even better than the first season.
"When you have a success like True Detective it's challenging, less for us and more for someone like Nic, how to face the page again and start afresh and not be haunted by the success of the show you've just done. But the writing is better than last season. It's exceptional."
Michael Lombardo also talked about his history with creator Nic Pizzolatto, revealing it was one of the few shows he wanted to make right after reading the pilot.
"We'd worked with Nic before. We hired him to do a pilot script, which we decided not to go forward with. But the writing was unbelievable. So we get a call to say Nic had written two episodes [of True Detective] and was it in with possibility for attached stars. And they gave us the first two scripts. I knew in the room that we had to do this. It was clear that they had packaged it and it was competitive. I just said 'I want to do this.'