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True Detective Season five announced despite Nic Pizolatto's scathing criticism of fourth season
Photo: © ANP

True Detective Season five announced despite Nic Pizolatto's scathing criticism of fourth season

True Detective Season five announced despite Nic Pizolatto's scathing criticism of fourth season
Photo: © ANP

True Detective has been renewed by HBO for a fifth season, with Issa Lopez again at the helm.

The fourth season, True Detective: Night Country, proved polarising among fans and critics but is the most-watched season of the HBO epic so far, which made a renewal inevitable. It starred Jodie Foster and Kali Reis.

“Issa Lopez is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit,” Francesca Orsi, executive vice president of HBO Programming and head of HBO drama series and films, said in a statement.

“She helmed True Detective: Night Country from start to finish, never once faltering from her own commendable vision, and inspiring us with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera. Alongside Jodie and Kali’s impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.”

Lopez will be back as showrunner for season five, and after it was confirmed she said: “From conception to release, Night Country has been the most beautiful collaboration and adventure of my entire creative life. HBO trusted my vision all the way, and the idea of bringing to life a new incarnation of True Detective with Casey, Francesca and the whole team is a dream come true. I can’t wait to go again.”

Nic Pizzolatto's True Detective criticism

True Detective was created by Nic Pizzolatto and he acted as writer and showruneer for the first three seasons before Lopez took over.

And, he really, really wasn't a fan of what Lopez did with the show.

In one response to an Instagram user, he called one particular creative decision "so stupid" and has shared numerous other posts criticising the plot.

He recently hit back after receiving criticism himself due to his comments.

"TRUE DETECTIVE AGGREGATE POST - this here is the place for all your trolling/support/infighting around True Detective and the absolute moral degeneracy and misogyny of anyone who did not think it was good," he wrote on Instagram.

"Let's move these screeds off my posts about my wife, true love, and my father's death, kay? I'd say "stay civil" but of course civility has no place when criticism of a television show indicates some form of Hitlerian evil that must be stamped out. So roll on, tide. Satire is welcome, and do try to have a nice day.

"We'll be capping comments at 1350, which seems like plenty of space for this manufactured proxy culture clash. Alas, all things must end, and boredom is real, so get your fill while you can. And again, do have a nice day."

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