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Nic Pizzolatto ‘Can’t Imagine’ More Than 3 Seasons of True Detective

Executive Producer/Writer Nic Pizzolatto and actor Matthew McConaughey speak onstage during the 'True Detective' panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2014  Winter Television Critics Association tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto is hard at work writing season two, but don't get too excited for years and years more of the show. He says three is about all he can handle. "Every season, I'm essentially creating a brand-new TV show," he told reporters at the Banff World Media Festival. He went on,

It can't have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has to work right out of the box. That's incredibly exhausting. I mean, the job is exhausting to begin with, but it's doubly exhausting and I'm writing every episode. I can't imagine I would do this  more than three years. I mean, I'd like to have a regular TV show. We'll have some fixed sets, regular actors and I could bring in people to help and I don' t have to be there every second. It'd be great.

Somewhere, someone at HBO is quietly weeping.

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