HBO is all about the wait these days. It was recently confirmed that we’re going to have to wait until 2019 to see the final season of Game of Thrones, and it sounds like that year’s gonna be one heck of a doozy for HBO because network president Casey Bloys has confirmed that neither Big Little Lies nor True Detective will return this year.
While at the TCA press tour, Bloys spoke with THR to address the upcoming slate of HBO programming. Asked about if we can hope to see True Detective Season 3 this year, he kept it concise and specific. “No, 2019,” Bloys said. Nic Pizzolatto‘s crime series is in the casting process with Mahershala Ali and Carmen Ejogo, actor Stephen Dorff already on board to lead the third season.
As for Big Little Lies, Bloys had a bit more to say but wasn’t quite as clear when we’ll see the second season of the award-winning series. “They start shooting in the spring. It’s not going to air in 2018,” he said. With Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée sitting out the new season, HBO recently recruited Fish Tank and American Honey director Andrea Arnold to helm Season 2.
Asked about the possibility of a third Season, the HBO boss didn’t sound overly optimistic, but didn’t rule out the idea either.
“Everybody involved is so busy that it’s hard to imagine aligning everybody’s schedule again. The fact that we were able to get season two together is a small miracle. Could we do it again? Who knows! It’s a great group. They love working together and they’re really fun to work with. But everybody is really busy. So let’s see.”
Bloys also talked about bringing in new faces for the series, and while he wouldn’t confirm reports that they’re casting actresses to platy Zoe Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgard‘s mothers, responding with a coy, “maybe,” Bloys talked a bit about how they’re approaching the idea of Season 2.
“In general, I don’t think anybody involved is thinking we’re going to do the same thing. In any second season of a show, people want to see growth in the characters and storylines. I don’t think anyone involved is trying to do the same thing. We’re trying to progress everybody’s lives in the storytelling.”