The McConnaissance will continue, but not on ‘True Detective.’
Shortly after Matthew McConaughey was awarded for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ completing his acting transformation from rom-com joke to compelling leading man, the Oscar-winner announced he would not be returning for the second season of the hit HBO crime series.
Backstage at the Academy Awards in Hollywood last night, McConaughey broke the news. "I won't be back for season two,” he said. “Season 1 was finite."
While the news surely will dismay many fans, it is hardly a surprise. ‘True Detective,’ which also stars another major name in Woody Harrelson, was always going to be a show where each season was self-contained. Created as an anthology, each set of episodes would focus on different detectives from a different area working on a specific case.
It seems likely too that with the success of this format, one that can attract movie stars to the small screen for short term projects, means that similar new future shows may follow suit.
What’s more, while ‘True Detective’ will return (HBO hasn’t confirmed, but writers have already started penning new episodes), it will have to cast two more heavyweight leads with star power and gravitas. One of which is sure to be a female.
The incredibly popular HBO series was actually airing during the Oscars telecast, during which McConaughey beat out such nominees as Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor for the Best Actor award.
The ‘True Detective’ season finale airs next Sunday night at 9/8c on HBO.