During HBO’s executive session at the summer TV critics’ press tour, chairman/CEO Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo were peppered with questions about the second season of “True Detective” and while they didn’t reveal much, they did tease that announcements are imminent.
“The two scripts [we’ve seen] are more exciting than the first season,” says Lombardo. “[Nic Pizzolatto] is an incredibly talented writer and he’s blown us away with the first two episodes. We’re in conversations with the cast and I’m assuming there will be announcements made in the next week. … I think you’ll be pleased with the show.”
As for the Sesaon 2 leads, Lombardo says they don’t set out to find big names for the lead roles, since Season 1 star Matthew McConaughey “certainly wasn’t the star he turned out to be during the course of production,” but he says that “the people we will cast will be well-known names … I think great writing attracts actors.”
On “Silicon Valley”: “I think ‘Silicon Valley’ is an unexpected delight, [a] joy. And comedy is tough, to find something that smart, fresh and funny. It’s been a really happy experience.”
On “The Leftovers”: “It’s a tough show, in the sense that it deals with some painful and challenging human emotions — pain and despair and sadness. But I think creatively, the show is really exceptional. … We’re in conversations now [about renewal]. We’re looking at the numbers and having conversations about what the future would look like.”
On “Curb Your Enthusiasm”: “As long as [Larry David] is still thinking about it, we have a place for it.”
On the TV adaptation of the 1973 sci-fi thriller “Westworld”: “We’re casting right now, filming this summer. It’s similar [to the movie] only in construct. Obviously it takes place in some unspecified future in some amusement park populated by robots. Beyond that, I think it’s its own thing. … Tonally, it’s very different. At the same time, it has some of the basic elements that make the idea really exciting.”
Finally, HBO also announced premiere dates for several series coming this fall. “Boardwalk Empire” will return for its final season on Sept. 7; the eight-part documentary “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” will premiere in October; Lisa Kudrow vehicle “The Comeback” and offbeat dark comedy “Getting On” are both returning in November.