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Suggestions? ‘True Detective’ Writer Nic Pizzolatto Teases Female Detectives For Season 2

Suggestions? 'True Detective' Writer Nic Pizzolatto Teases Female Detectives For Season 2

By now, you’ve likely seen the pretty excellent #TrueDetectiveSeason2 trend on Twitter, with folks offering up their (funny) suggestions (here’s ours) for who should take over the lead roles when the second season of “True Detective” moves ahead at HBO. (It’s not officially confirmed, but seems inevitable at this point.) But in all seriousness, as the first season highlighted, writer/creator Nic Pizzolatto‘s pen is capable of crafting truly memorable, complex parts for whoever takes the creative reins, and in an intriguing little twist he suggested on Twitter that women may get the central focus next time.

There has been some criticism of late that women are underrepresented or underwritten in the show, but that criticism sort of misses the point. “True Detective” is very much about women being ignored, abused and victimized in an atmosphere where religion and power structures don’t seem to have much regard for females (or children for that matter). Rust Cohle is haunted by death of his daughter, while Martin Hart continually takes his children and wife for granted, and uses women in general as objects. It’s a specific, horrific culture Pizzolatto is crafting.

But switching up the POV, as he hints at in his tweet, would be pretty inspired, particularly since Pizzolatto isn’t bound to any specific setting or story since “True Detective” seasons will be self-contained. So now the big question: if there are two big female roles for “True Detective” season 2, who should they be?
Sound off in the comments below and if you haven’t seen “True Detective” yet, get on it—there are only two episodes left.

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hillary swank


So much misogyny here.

Brandon Ashby

Jodie Foster

harlow jean

Frances McDormand…put her in somewhere…police chief? Remember Fargo? That was a good part for a woman…not many good parts for women actors.


Sorry. No more Mcconaughay and Harrelson no more TD for me to watch, the same as Two and a half Men, becomes BS.

harlow jean

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Melissa Leo. She Was Great In Homicide: Life On The Street. Gillian Anderson for the Other One. She Is Outstanding In "The Fall".


So it was a perfect tv series.
Now when reading this carp idea I'm disappointed cause it is perfect..
Two woman playing a detective partners?
Somebody said about oprah????
Are you mad???


Please let this be only a joke..


Michelle Pfeiffer & Jodie Foster

harlow jean

police chief Leroy salter is the better chief…has the correct accent for that location & more charisma in episode 6; prefer this actor to the other chief in episode 1


Al Picano & Robin Williams


Tyler Perry and Will Smith.


Tina Fey & Amy Poehler


Jeri Ryan and Olivia Wilde


Why do you always have to ruin everything?


I would hate to have to follow these two guys on the next series, they have set the bar so high on the acting and the chemistry. I am anxious to find out all the answers, but will hate it when it's over, great show


Jodi Foster, Natalie Portman, Julianne Moore, Scarlet Johanson


Mirielle Enos and Joel Kinnamon from The Killing? Nic Pizzolatto wrote on that series. Clark Johnson and Dominic West from the Wire? Michael Chiklis and C.C. Pounder from The Shield? BTW, I'm a retired female police officer and I think the criticism of the show for no strong women's is undeserved. Woman can't go deep undercover the way Rust did and it was necessary to have Rustand Marty to play off each other to make it work.


Kate Winslet and Micheal Shannon.


Sorry to add a further point.

But surely it is also better for a male writer to write male lead characters and leave the writing of female lead characters to a women?

I'm not suggesting men can never write women and vice versa… that would be ridiculous. But Jane Austin consciously never wrote a scene where men talked to each other without a woman present because she had no knowledge of how they would talk and kept to women and women or mixed scenes.

If anything is to be levelled at anyone surely the criticism should be that HBO need to commission more work from women writers or more women need to write.

I think Ann Biderman represents gritty women writers very well and think Southland was one of the best cop things short of the Wire and the Shield and it's a shame it never had better backing. Ray Donovan was also good and I'm glad it is getting a second season. The women in Ray Donovan were very powerful and far from negatively stereotyped… if anything, if I was playing Devil's Advocate I could turn the books and accuse her of writing men as negative stereotypes who only know how to fight and chase women.


I think True Detective has so far been very good. How could it not be when the writer cites my two favourite programmes as his biggest influences… The Wire & Deadwood.

If the female characters are causing a certain stir with some sectors of American society then rather than blame the writer I think you have to question your own male and female roles and interactions.

I am English, but have spent a lot of time in America, and love the country… the good and not so good aspects of it… and love American people. But one think my wife and I have always noticed in America is men and women as a rule have very different… not to say confused gender roles as compared to us in England. A good example being the fact you have never has a woman president and I can't see you ever having one, you have never even had a woman selected by either of the main parties to run to be president. Meanwhile a very large slice of the rest of the world has had or currently has female leaders.

So IMHO far from misrepresenting women… True Detectives has hit on a raw nerve.

harlow jean

female police chief…Kathryn morris, Kathryn erbe, patti d'arbanville, Loretta swit. male cops: clark Johnson, Vincent d'onofrio, sean penn, Morton downy jr. joe penny…what about viola davis somewhere?


Two females would no doubt end up with the usual 'realistic' small figured pair throwing and beating up muscle clad dudes about with aplomb. No thanks. And a male and female always results in the male taking blows not only from the suspects to protect the women but also her verbally etc. to 'keep her tough' in the eyes of the viewer. The whole point about two men working in the world we have with TD, is that a woman police character wouldn't have worked. Women are second class citizens at best here and a female cop simply wouldn't have worked.
So, season two will have to have substantial changes with two women leads to work on a mature and intellectual level away from the usual network dross – which, thus far, TD has proven so good at doing.
Of course it could all be a cloud screen that people have ran into from that tweet. For all we know, Nic Pizzolatto may have simply been hinting at extending female scenes/stories and not introducing two women leads for a second run.


Two female detectives? That's a joke, right? Way too unrealistic. I can see them do a male and female duo in a later season, but not this soon. Quick way to lose fans.


I don't see that tweet any where on Twitter.


As much as I enjoy True Detective I think it should be left as a one off season. It would be better to just have the same team come up with a new show, that way they aren't restricted to the detective idea.

Just doing the same thing with different characters sounds dull regardless of their gender. Let them make something new. True Detective has shown the story telling strength of a one of Mini-Series, take advantage of that. Rather than the same thing again and again with new faces and never as good as the original. True Detective is constantly compared to films and like many films it does not need a cash in sequel.


Women? Are you kidding me. Anytime something gets good with men the bitches chime in and say they deserve their part. Their part is on their knees

Harlow Jean

Could you find a part for angela Lansbury…like the small part of tess harper? Love angela!

Harlow Jean

sissy spacek, holly hunter, Jodi foster

Harlow Jean

sissy spacek, holly hunter, Jodi foster


Janeane Garofalo and Holly Hunter


Janeane Garofalo and Holly Hunter

CB Dolloway

I really don't see how they are going to keep my interest next season without Rust Cohle…

Jonathan F.

So… he deleted that tweet. I guess that's the end of that.


Tell me where to send my pilot and episode and you'll have two female leads.


Take this PC bullshit and shove it up your gigi. We don't need two women detectives in season 2…do we have some kind of quota to fill?

The way HBO is going lately I would not be surprised to see 2 gay men with plenty of boy on boy scenes from the leads for season 2.

Please don't ruin a masterpiece with mainstream PC bullshit that ruins everything we watch now!


Kate and Allie


Eva Mendez

Pete Mustard

Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless


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Gabourey Sidibe and Debra Winger
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Miley Cyrus
Willow Smith and Kathy Bates


jenna jamesion and jesse jane !!!


Hellen Mirren & Penélope Cruz
Charlize Theron & Jualianne Nicholson
Melissa Leo & January Jones
Felicity Huffman & Rooney Mara
Amy Adams & Evan Rachel Wood


get Jodi Foster on board

truest detective

Seriously….. Forget women … they are over represented these days.

Remember the 80's they played no part , how good was that !


Tilda Swinton and Jennifer Lawrence
Christina Hendricks and Alison Brie
Carey Mulligan and Rosamund Pike


Now what Emily Nussbaum?

Dan M

Sandra Bullock and Toni Colette
Meryl Streep and Hellen Mirren
Viola Davis and Charlize Theron or Octavia Spencer
Sigourney Weaver and Kate Blanchett
Amy Adams and Natalie Portman
Keira Knightley and Emma Watson
Jodi Foster and Amy Ryan


Jodie Foster & Marisa Tomei
Juliette Lewis & Sarah Jessica Parker



Luke D.

They could do a Dexter reunion and cast Jennifer Carpenter and Julie Benz…..


Key and Peele


Rooney and Kate.


Frances McDormand and Carey Mulligan


Sarah Wayne Callie's and Edie Falco. Boom!


Melissa Leo & Robin Wright
Angela Bassett & Holly Hunter
Toni Colette & Viola Davis
Sanra Bullock & Scarlett Johansson
Reese Witherspoon & Julia Roberts
Uma Thurman & Kate Mara


Quvenzhane Wallis and Betty White or bust.


April Grace and Karine Vanasse


Viola Davis and Holly Hunter


I vote Khandi Alexander & Amanda Hale


Janeane Garofalo and Robin Wright


Emayatzy Corinealdi and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Los Angeles?


WHO CARES IF WOMEN ARE UNDERWRITTEN OR UNDERREPRESENTED!!!! That's silly. It's damn near the best show ever produced apart from Game of Thrones. Maybe the idea of two women POVs will grow, but I'd much rather see two more men! I guess it all depends on the script. If I had to choose two women: Maggie Smith & Sandra Bullock.

d burns



the return of frances mcdormand


Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams. Gorgeous and talented gingers FTW.


Ugh your "specific, horrific culture" point (as well as Pizzolatto's "structural necessity" excuse) is the age old crap that normalizes the dull/exclusively sexual/underrepresentation of women in mainstream media.


Cate Blanchett & Rebecca Hall
Kate Mara & Maggie Siff
Viola Davis & Aunjanue Ellis or Melissa Leo
Anika Noni Rose & Angela Bassett


Amy Ryan is a must and Zoe Saldana


Frances McDormand.


Melissa Leo (Prisoners) and Danai Gurira (Mother of George)!!!!


marion cotillard and kate winslet


Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Rachel Weisz.


Cate Blanchett & Kate Winslet.


Jessica Chastain and Diane Lane


Those two words are going to be haunting me until the official casting announcement is made (please let it happen!).

More to the point, I've been periodically tweeting potential pairings for days. There are so many women I'd love to see on this show. My latest idea is Catherine Keener and Michelle Rodriguez. They have basically polar-opposite public personas, so it could be interesting to see what they're like together. I'd prefer it if they didn't end up going with two generically attractive, young white actresses, but honestly, if the two leads do end up being women (assuming they're doing the same basic format as season 1, of course), they could choose pretty much anyone and I'd be happy.


Jennifer Connelly and Kate Winslet (as she's done Mildred Pierce with HBO already).


I'm gonna get laughed out of the blog for this.

I'd like to see Alexandra Daddario back in such a role, something different and more substantial than the 'crazy pussy' bimbo she played this season.

Horace Greeley

Amy Morton and Laurie Metcalf, set in Chicago's 2013 winter.


Amy Ryan


Brit Marling


If this is true I would love to see Tilda Swinton in it

That Kid

Would Jane Campion be willing to do this after "Top of the Lake"? Or how about Dee Rees?

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