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"True Detective" fans may not want to get too used to seeing the HBO drama on their screens: The show's creator says he only wants to make three seasons of the drama.

Speaking to reporters at the Banff World Media Festival this week, Nic Pizzolatto discussed the popularity of "True Detective" and the intense media scrutiny it's garnered. The series is meant to be an anthology of close-ended stories, one per season, and Pizzolatto said that those parameters are a bit daunting.

"Every season, I'm essentially creating a brand new TV show," the showrunner said. "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."

That's probably a bit of a bummer for viewers who were hooked by season one, which starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, and generated tons of buzz on social media. Though Pizzolatto said that it was precisely that buzz -- which included what he dubbed audacious rumors and theories that have swirled around the series since its debut -- that put him off from such attention.

"Literally, not a single rumor about casting that has been printed anywhere has any truth to it whatsoever," Pizzolatto said. "I mean that literally. I've seen entertainment reporters say 'My sources say....' There are no sources. There's me and two other guys and they don't even know what I'm doing. ... I've talked to one person about it, possibly, and that has been it. We haven't cast anybody. I have a secret list and that's it."

[via: Calgary Herald, h/t Vulture]



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