After the disappointing second season of HBO limited series "True Detective," the premium cable outlet is unlikely to move forward on season three.

That's the word from a new story in The Hollywood Reporter, previewing the reign of incoming HBO programming chief Casey Bloys. According to THR, sources from inside the network say that HBO is "more likely" to develop a new series from "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto, rather than order an additional season of "TD." Bloys, who's taking over from retiring longtime chief Michael Lombardo, currently holds the fate of the series in his hands, per THR.

While that's not a definitive cancellation, it certainly seems unlikely that more "True Detective" is on the horizon, based on the tepid reaction to (and critical drubbing of) the series's second season. But despite the setbacks to the show following its buzzy, lauded first season (featuring an instantly iconic performance from Matthew McConaughey), HBO apparently believes in Pizzolatto's creative vision, and has signed him to an exclusive development deal. Just what may come of that is unclear at this point, but the showrunner has to be happy that he still has an outlet for his work, if not the long-running success of "True Detective" that many fans and critics expected.

Stay tuned to see what's next for Pizzolatto and HBO.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]