HBO programming director Michael Lombardo admits that “True Detective” season 2 has some really big shoes to fill after the huge success of the first season. Many shows are plagued by the success of debut seasons but Lombardo promises that “True Detective” season 2 will be “exceptional”. He was kind enough to give us some updates about the upcoming season while attending the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday, August 21.

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HBO Chief: 'True Detective' Season 2 “Explores the Darkness in People's Souls”

HBO Chief: ‘True Detective’ Season 2 “Explores the Darkness in People’s Souls”

Comparing the two seasons he explained:

“When you have a success like ‘True Detective’ it’s challenging, less for us and more for someone like Nic, how to face the page again and start afresh and not be haunted by the success of the show you’ve just done,” “But the writing is better than last season. It’s exceptional.”

He also revealed some details about the production:

“We’re going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It’s set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that’s probably all I’m allowed to say. We’ll probably be announcing casting soon.”

Teasing about the plot he says:

“It’s still dark. Nic explores the darkness in people’s souls. … It’s not as dark, but it’s not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul.”

Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson "True Detective" Season 1

Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson “True Detective” Season 1

AMC’s “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss has officially entered talks to play in “True Detective” Season 2. The 32-year-old actress is best-known for playing Peggy Olson on the AMC period drama. If talks are successful, Moss will take the leading role in the upcoming season. Vince VaughnColin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch are attached to Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology crime drama series. Moss also joins the list of hopefuls among the females for one of the coveted roles, Michelle Forbes who starred in the first and second season of “The Killing” is also rumored to take “a key role”.

The story is set to take place in California for the upcoming second season, but not in Los Angeles as far as we know. With no less than four leads planned to take the lead in Pizzolatto crime drama series, casting announcement are expected soon.