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(USA TODAY) TV's darkest drama (or well it's not TV, it's HBO) got a season two start date (kinda) and a shift in tone.

HBO programming director Michael Lombardo, as chronicled by The Hollywood Reporter, gave the Edinburgh TV Festival an approximate air time:

"We're going to start shooting in September for it to air next summer. [It has] different characters, a different setting. It's set in California, all of California. There are three cops. One of the characters is female. I think that's probably all I'm allowed to say. We'll probably be announcing casting soon."

Perhaps that was all he was allowed to say but it certainly wasn't all he had to say about True Detective this week.

On Thursday, he told the festival that season two wouldn't be as dark as the first:

"It's still dark. [Creator] Nic [Pizzolatto] 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."

(via Variety)

What does "not as dark" mean? Who knows? A tour of the Intensive Care Unit is "not as dark" as season one of HBO's acclaimed hit.

Lombardo also revealed that, while season one was entirely directed by Cary Fukunaga (who has since left the show), "three or four different directors" would helm the eagerly anticipated follow-up season

Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Elizabeth Moss and Vince Vaughn remain the rumored favorites for the series, which is in keeping with Lombardo's three cops/one female statement. But as nothing is confirmed, why not give out #TrueDetectiveSeason2 Casting Generator a shot?

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