Matthew McConaughey Will Not Return for Season 2 of 'True Detective'


Matthew McConaughey Will Not Return for Season 2 of 'True Detective'


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.

- Matthew McConaughey
- True Detective

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Mar 3rd, 2014, 1:41 pm

Images courtesy of HBO


Message Posted On Mar 4th, 2014, 1:32 pm
Laurence, Yes the stick in my pants is GIANT. I'm stable as a tripod when standing naked. Normally I wouldn't reply to the Gay guys, but since you were admiring the magic wand I felt compelled to make you drool. Well drool and cry when you look in the mirror. Some of are just born lucky. By the way I noticed neither of you addressed the issue of why an ENTERTAINMENT reporter would NOT do their research and KNOW it was a one shot season before asking a STUPID question. Big stick and big brain on me ladies, got it all.

Message Posted On Mar 4th, 2014, 7:13 am
@lordkinbote dont think thats possible by his/her attitude, those panties have been pushed up too far by the giant stick.

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Message Posted On Mar 4th, 2014, 1:44 am

Not "everyone" knew this about the show, Anonymous.  I didn't know it was meant to be an anthology show.  I only heard it was a good show and started to watch it because of that.  You need to unlodge your panties from your crack.


Message Posted On Mar 4th, 2014, 12:30 am
Since there's a good chance it might be two females, I think they should try and get Jodie Foster and Hilary Swank. Both are accomplished actresses that have won Oscars, both kind of have that tough, almost masculine look. I could buy them as gritty detectives.

Message Posted On Mar 3rd, 2014, 3:18 pm
How is this news? Everyone already knew it was a one shot season. Did some dumb-ass blogger ask him about season 2. without doing the required research? Good job attempting to twist someones stupidity and ignorance into an interesting tale. ( You could have included the trivia about his brother being a Texas oilman)
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