HBO programming president Michael Lombardo revealed a bunch of information about the network's beloved shows during a Television Critics Association summer press tour appearance Thursday, including the news that casting information for the second season of "True Detective" is expected imminently.

Lombardo wouldn't say much, but hinted that some major casting announcements can be expected within the next week -- and audiences would already be familiar with the new leads.

"I think we decided early on to free ourselves from the idea of 'star' and lean into the idea of 'great acting,'" Lombardo told reporters. "I think the people we will cast will be well-known names, but that wasn't our ambition and I don't use that as a challenge."

The exec added that HBO didn't set out to cast stars, nor did it intend to use big names to hold up weak storytelling, but rather the success of "True Detective" came about because of a combination of performing talent and superior writing.

"Great writing attracts great actors," Lombardo said. " ... Maybe people initially came for [Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson], but I think they stayed because the show was so compelling."

As for what audiences can expect from the series, plot-wise, next season, Lombardo was once again coy, though he did praise creator Nic Pizzolatto as "an incredibly talented writer."

"The two scripts we have ... I hate to jinx it, but are more exciting than the first season," he said.

See if you can stand to wait another week for more.

[via: Entertainment Weekly, HitFix]

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