'True Detective' season 2 plot 'not as dark'

Matthew McConaughey, left, and Woody Harrelson in HBO's

Matthew McConaughey, left, and Woody Harrelson in HBO's "True Detective." (Handout)

Kevin Noonan, Variety.com

, Last Updated: 3:55 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Season 2 of HBO's critically acclaimed drama "True Detective" won't be quite as dark as the first, according to HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, who spoke Thursday at the Guardian Intl, Television Festival in Edinburgh.

Again scripted by creator Nic Pizzolatto the season will feature a new story and cast of characters, led by three cops -- a woman and two men, said Lombardo, according to HuffPost UK. But just because the new story isn't necessarily as dark as the first, don't expect it to be all sunshine and rainbows, either.

"It's still dark," Lombardo said at the festival. "Nic explores the darkness in people's souls. ... It's not as dark, but it's not a light ride. Nic likes looking into the crevices of the soul."

Filming is expected to begin in September in California, and while the first season's episodes were directed exclusively by Cary Fukunaga (who earned a directing Emmy nomination), the second season's duties will be split among multiple helmers, according to Lombardo.

The network has yet to confirm any cast members for the new season, but a number of potential names have been rumoured in conjunction with the roles, including Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch.

"True Detective" is nominated for five Emmy awards, including drama series and lead actor in a drama for both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.


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