"True Detective" may get a third season after all.

Entertainment Weekly reports that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written at least the first two episodes of a potential third season of the anthology crime drama, and that "Deadwood" mastermind David Milch is joining the show to work with Pizzolatto.

A third season seemed up in the air, after a disappointing second season was poorly received by critics and viewers. Last summer, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said the show was "not dead but there's no take on a third season yet."

Well, it seems Pizzolatto has a take on it now. Still, HBO hasn't ordered a third season yet.

Season 1 of "True Detective" bowed to great reviews and buzz, thanks to acclaimed performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. But season 2, which starred Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams, fell flat. HBO itself claimed that they rushed Pizzolatto into writing it.

With Milch on board, "True Detective" gets a veteran writer and showrunner. But of course, this probably means those "Deadwood" follow-up movies won't be made anytime soon.

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