US-OSCARS-PRESSROOMThe "True Detective" is happening, and it will star Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. It's also true that fans are now dream casting his partner, with some saying his involvement alone makes Season 3 better than Season 2. (But that is a low bar.)

HBO boss Casey Bloys talked up the network's slate at the Television Critics Association's press tour yesterday, confirming "True Detective" Season 3 is in the works with the "Moonlight" star. He also promised good things from the story:

"I have read five scripts for a third season. I'm very very impressed and excited about what I've read. I don't want to give away the storyline, but I really think they're terrific."

Bloys said the next step is to find directors, then they can start production. Cary Joji Fukunaga directed all of Season 1, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Season 2 -- which starred Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, and Rachel McAdams -- had multiple directors.

Mahershala Ali posted about his new role:

Season 3 @hbo

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And fans have been posting their own thoughts:

Now that we know "True Detective" Season 3 is really a go, with Mahershala Ali in the lead, we'll just have to wait and see what HBO has planned for the supporting cast, plot, directors, shooting schedule, and premiere date. Cross your fingers that this will be the best season yet ... or at least better than Season 2.

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