TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolato Talks Season 1 Finale and Alternate Endings; Teases Season 2 Plot Details

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HBO’s stellar True Detective came to a close last night with its first season finale, which was essentially a series finale given that the show is an anthology series and the finale closed out the story of Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Chole and Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart for good.  The finale appears to have had a bit of a polarizing reaction on its audience, with those deeply invested in the mythology and clue-hunting coming away a bit disappointed and those who were more engrossed in the character study aspect of the series feeling fulfilled.  Personally, I find myself in the latter category as I thought writer Nic Pizzolato and director Cary Fukunaga delivered a stellar finale that stuck the show’s primary focus: the characters.

While many are still trying to piece together what was and wasn’t answered, Pizzolato took part in an illuminating post-mortem on the finale, discussing the concluding chapter of the show and other alternate endings he considered.  The scribe also provided a tantalizing tease about season two, which will “keep being strange” and involve “the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.”  Read on after the jump, but beware of full spoilers for the True Detective finale.


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Following John Oliver’s extended stint as guest host of The Daily Show while Jon Stewart was busy with his directorial debut, HBO scooped the comedian up with an offer he couldn’t refuse: his own half-hour comedy news series.  Oliver made a tearful goodbye on the Comedy Central series last December, but now HBO has released a first trailer for his impending HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  Since it’s a topical weekly news program, there’s no footage from the actual show itself, but Oliver does a nice job of explaining the series’ central conceit by reiterating that if a major, breaking event happens any day of the week at any time, they will cover it on Sunday.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Last Week Tonight with John Oliver premieres on HBO Sunday, April 27th at 11pm ET.

TRUE DETECTIVE Creator Nic Pizzolato Says Season 2 Will Likely Have More Than One Director

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Season one of HBO’s brilliant anthology drama series True Detective comes to a close this weekend with Sunday’s episode, but there’s little doubt that the show will return for a second season.  The ratings have been stellar, buzz has been aplenty, and the anthology conceit of the show allows for an entirely new cast to take over the True Detective world in a second season.  One of the key aspects of the show that’s made it so engaging thus far has been that every single episode was written by creator Nic Pizzolato and directed by Cary Fukunaga.  It was a massive undertaking for one filmmaker to helm all eight episodes, but it provided a cohesiveness to the story that’s rarely found in episodic television.

Unfortunately, it sounds like season two won’t follow this exact same format, as directing every episode proved incredibly exhausting for Fukunaga and is time-prohibitive if HBO wants a new season every year.  Hit the jump for more on what Pizzolato had to say about season two.

THE WIRE Creator David Simon to Spearhead Martin Luther King Jr. Miniseries AMERICA: IN THE KING YEARS for HBO

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Hollywood has been attempting to get a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. off the ground for years, with filmmakers such as Paul Greengrass to Oliver Stone attempting in vain to get an unflinching portrait of the civil rights leader made.  While Greengrass still plans on getting to Memphis someday, MLK’s story will first be told on the small screen courtesy of HBO and The Wire creator David Simon.  A six-hour miniseries adaptation of Taylor Branch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book trilogy America: In the King Years in currently in the works at the network, which would delve deeply into the life of Martin Luther King Jr.  Hit the jump for more.

HBO Renews San Francisco-Based LOOKING For A Second Season

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For those disappointed or tired with the direction certain other HBO comedies have been going (that shall not be named…), HBO’s freshman comedy/drama Looking has provided an excellent alternative.  Regardless, everyone should be able to admit that Looking provides a fresh and different perspective on single life in a bustling city, and does so with a humor and charm that resonates beyond gender or sexual barriers.  Hit the jump for more on the series and what its renewal means.

New Trailer for Mike Judge’s HBO Series SILICON VALLEY

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Earlier tonight, HBO released a new trailer for Mike Judge’s upcoming comedy series, Silicon Valley.  The story follows Richard (Thomas Middleditch), an introverted computer programmer, who tries to build a Silicon Valley start-up with his roommates Big Head (Josh Brener), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani).  Aside from Starr’s killer line at the end of the trailer, nothing here really jumped out at me, but it doesn’t matter since this show is from Mike Judge and I’m going to watch anyway.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The show also stars T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Christopher Evan Welch, and Amanda CrewSilicon Valley premieres on April 6th at 10:00pm EST.

Dwayne Johnson Comedy BALLERS Gets Series Order at HBO; Fox Picks Up Will Forte’s LAST MAN ON EARTH

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The TV comedy landscape just improved by two.  Firstly, THR reports that HBO has picked up to series the half-hour comedy/drama Ballers starring Dwayne Johnson.  The show hails from executive producer Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and revolves around the lives of a group of former and current football players, with Johnson playing the lead.  Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg are also onboard as executive producers, and the show marks Johnson’s first foray into the series regular TV world.  This comes on the heels of HBO recently picking up to series the political comedy The Brink, with Jack Black and Tim Robbins starring.

Hit the jump for series order news of a new comedy on Fox starring Will Forte and executive produced by the directors of The LEGO Movie, marking a Clone High reunion of sorts.

David Fincher Reteaming with GONE GIRL Author Gillian Flynn for HBO Series UTOPIA

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Director David Fincher only recently wrapped production on his next film Gone Girl, but he’s already hatched another project with the book’s author Gillian Flynn—one that sees him returning to the television world on another British remake, no less.  THR reports that Fincher and Flynn will team up on a remake of the Channel 4 TV series Utopia for HBO, with Flynn penning the adaptation and Fincher directing the pilot and executive producing.  Created by Dennis Kelly, Utopia premiered in the U.K. last January and a second series is on the way.

The story of the show kicks into gear when die-hard fans of an underground graphic novel learn that the author has secretly written a sequel, launching them into their own pop-culture thriller.  They find that “the new manuscript is much more than just a book, and those on the hunt for it suddenly find themselves in a game of shifting loyalties, conspiracy and shocking twists as the true meaning of the book is slowly revealed.”  Hit the jump for more. 

HBO Orders Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy THE BRINK to Series

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Though HBO recently opted not to pick up the comedy series Family Tree and Hello Ladies for second seasons, the network has now added a new comedy offering to its upcoming schedule.  THR reports that HBO has ordered to series the comedy The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as a foreign service officer and the U.S. Secretary of State, respectively.  Executive produced by Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) and Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), the show focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.  Weeds alum Roberto Benabib wrote the pilot script alongside his brother Ken Benabib and will act as showrunner, while Roach will helm the pilot.

The Brink will join HBO’s current comedy lineup, which includes Girls, the recently premiered Looking, and Mike Judge’s upcoming series Silicon Valley.  Production begins later this year, so the show likely won’t premiere until sometime in 2015, though no official date has been announced.

Watch the Incredible Six-Minute Tracking Shot from Sunday’s Episode of TRUE DETECTIVE

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HBO’s True Detective is one of the best things happening right now; not just in TV, but across any medium.  The ambitious anthology series follows two detectives played by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as they recount, in frame story, a case they worked in the 1990s.  All eight episodes of the first season were written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre), bringing a fantastic consistency and cohesiveness to each episode.  The performances by McConaughey and Harrelson are absolutely phenomenal, the storytelling is unendingly compelling and thought-provoking, and Fukunaga’s direction is inspired.

This past Sunday’s episode “Who Goes There” concluded with a six-minute long intricate, intense tracking shot that showcases the very best of what True Detective has to offer, and the shot is now available online to watch in all its glory.  It’s a jaw-dropping piece of work that speaks volumes about the talent involved in this show.  Watch the shot after the jump, and if you haven’t seen True Detective yet, I highly suggest rectifying that immediately.

HBO Cancels HELLO LADIES and FAMILY TREE; Considering GETTING ON Renewal

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Though HBO will be losing both True Blood and Boardwalk Empire after the shows air their final seasons this year, the network is clearing a couple of other programs off its schedule.  HBO has decided not to renew the comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree for second seasons, per THR.  The network will be giving Hello Ladies a wrap-up comedy special from star Stephen Merchant, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of the road for Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, which was an endearing if ultimately minor show from the brilliant mind behind Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman.  THR also adds that talks are underway for a second season of the dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein.  Hit the jump for more on HBO’s current slate.

TRUE DETECTIVE Recap: “Seeing Things”

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Another haunting, lyrical hour of True Detective this week, where we learned a little more about the unfortunately departed Dorie, but also dug deeper into Rust and Martin’s lives.  It’s incredible the amount of storytelling that True Detective has already done in these two short hours.  The strangeness of the ritualistic crime is overshadowed by the strangeness of Rust himself.  He ruefully delivers facts about his life, but fills them in with starts and stops, especially when the facts turn painful.  Like Martin, it’s easy to both be repelled by and deeply engrossed in Rust as a person, and “Seeing Things” added even more layers to his complicated appeal.  Hit the jump for more.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson Talk TRUE DETECTIVE, Why They Agreed to Do a TV Show, Working with Each Other, and More

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HBO’s new eight-episode drama series True Detective tells the story of detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), whose lives entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer that started with the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 and continues into the re-opening of the case in 2012. The show is as intriguing as it is unsettling, expertly acted and compellingly brought to life. It’s dark, brutal and volatile, but will keep you coming back for more.

During the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson talked about what made them sign on for a TV show, how they balance their characters in the two different time periods, what it was like to work with each other on this, and the type of direction they got on set.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

HBO Renews Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM for Third and Final Season

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After waiting and waiting to see whether Aaron Sorkin would continue with his HBO series The Newsroom, the creator has agreed to return for a third and final season.  The network announced today that it would be renewing the series for one last season, after Sorkin recently stated that he “needed time to think” about returning for a third season.  The scheduling issue that came into play was the fact that Sorkin needed to write the script for Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic before returning to his showrunning duties, and it appears that he has done so as THR reports that production on The Newsroom’s final season will commence this spring.

Joining Sorkin and executive producers Alan Poul and Scott Rudin for the third season will be former The Office showrunner and actor Paul Lieberstein (aka “Toby”), who has come onboard as an executive producer for the HBO series.  The team has been meeting in recent weeks to map out storylines, and as an avid Sorkin supporter—for better or worse—I’m eager to see what they come up with.

Director Cary Fukunaga Talks TRUE DETECTIVE, Making an 8-Hour Film, Future Seasons, BEASTS OF NO NATION, Modernizing Horror with IT, and More

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HBO’s new eight-episode drama series True Detective tells the story of detectives Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), whose lives entwine during a 17-year hunt for a killer that started with the original investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 and continues into the re-opening of the case in 2012.  The show is as intriguing as it is unsettling, expertly acted and compellingly brought to life.  It’s dark, brutal and volatile, but will keep you coming back for more.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre), who directed all eight episodes of the series, talked about how this show came about, what led to the casting of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, why he wanted to take on all eight episodes, how he approached it as an eight-hour film broken into chapters, the challenges of creating suspense, why he wanted to shoot on 35mm film, and how important all the little details are to him.  He also talked about his next film Beasts of No Nation, with Idris Elba, and what compelled him to tell that story, that he’s currently rewriting the first part of the two-part It movie (based on the Stephen King novel) that he plans to make and his desire to modernize the horror in that story, and how involved he’ll be, if True Detective continues for future seasons.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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