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'True Detective' Creator 'Halfway' Through Season 2 Scripts

Nic Pizzolatto increases lead characters to four and reacts to show's gender criticism

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July 11, 2014 9:30 AM ET

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is halfway through scripting the second season of his philosophical mystery-crime series, and he's offered some intriguing details about the show's future direction in an interview with The Daily Beast.

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While Season One focused primarily on two unlikely detective partners – Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) and "Rust" Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) – in Louisiana, the next installment will feature an all-new cast with "four central roles" (instead of the previously announced three) and will be set in California. Earlier this year, Pizzolatto told the publication that he already had characters in mind for Season Two – and that he's already grown to love them. Now the creator says those characters have "deepened and become richer" as he's continued to write.

"Creating new characters for Season Two was the same experience as creating Rust and Marty," he says. "They didn’t exist until I created them, then in their creation I developed a personal attachment to them. I think it’s the same in anything you write. It’s your job to come up with compelling characters who speak to an individual authenticity. If I’m not interested in the characters, I can’t go on. I have to be fascinated by them. It’s the same job as Season One to me."

Elsewhere, the writer confirmed that Season Two will feature multiple directors, and he also responded to gender criticism of the first season, saying claims that he'd "underwritten" female characters ultimately didn't influence his creative path.

"I think it affected me a little bit in my conception of Season Two, but then not at all," he says. "I realized I was listening to things I didn’t agree with and taking cues from the wrong places. I just put it out of my mind. . . I mean that writing towards what I consider an insubstantial criticism isn’t a good way to create."

According to The Wrap, the acclaimed HBO series will likely be announcing casting news for Season Two next week (though rumors about Colin Farrell stepping into the leading-man slot have begun to circulate).  Meanwhile, the show is getting a lot of love at this year's Emmy Awards. On Wednesday, the show raked in 12 nominations (including Outstanding Series and Outstanding Directing, the latter for Cary Fukunaga). Pizzolatto is up for Outstanding Writing, and the show's dynamic lead actors will both have a chance to take home Outstanding Actor. 

"It's flattering to be nominated, but I have to throw my v0te to Matthew, who I thought delivered the best performance of his life," Harrelson said in a statement. "Which is saying something."

"I am honored to be nominated with such a talented field of actors," added McConaughey in a separate statement. "This is a tremendous category filled with some riveting performances. Thank you for this recognition."

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