Would HBO Renew ‘True Detective’ without Nic Pizzolatto?

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Would HBO renew True Detective without Nic Pizzolatto?

“There’s been absolutely no indication that anybody at HBO is even considering the idea,” says Josef Adalian, “but a version of True Detective without series creator Nic Pizzolatto is most definitely within the realm of possibility. After all, the network green-lit season two without the involvement of original director Cary Fukunaga, and Fukunaga was as essential to season one as Pizzolatto. Bringing in a new writer to helm the show would underline the fact that True Detective is at heart an anthology series or a mini-series, no matter what category it competes in for the Emmys.”

HBO’s Sesame Street deal is all about taking on Netflix

Sesame will help secure HBO’s future as a streaming destination because Netflix and Amazon Prime “figured out long ago that hooking kids is key to growing their subscriber bases,” according to Victor Luckerson. He adds: “Kids’ shows are a solid investment for many reasons. Children tend to rewatch shows repeatedly, meaning a service can get a lot of mileage out of a single program. They also have no preconceptions about the “right” way to watch TV.” PLUS: The deal is something of a violation of Sesame Street’s founding principles, and Sesame Workshop needed to find a new revenue source.

Neil Patrick Harris will have a sidekick, Reese Witherspoon and Ricky Martin when Best Time Ever premieres

“All of us will be seeing it together for the first time on Sept. 15,” he says. “It feels to me more pressure in anticipation because it’s a blind commit in some ways. We don’t want to reveal every single thing. We’re holding a lot of cards close to our vest because that’s what’s going to make it exciting.”

Miley Cyrus blames Hannah Montana for her body dysmorphia, compares it to Toddlers & Tiaras

“I’m this fragile little girl playing a 16-year-old in a wig and a ton of makeup,” she tells Marie Clare. “It was like Toddlers & Tiaras. I had f***ing flippers.”

Heroes Reborn creator explains why Heroes quickly fizzled out

“The biggest pitfall was always the amount of story that we had to tell,” Tim Kring said at the TV press tour. “Our (episode) order was for 23 the first year, then 26 in the second year, 25 in the third year. We were facing a mathematical difficulty, an uphill battle.” PLUS: Why some Heroes characters aren’t returning.

Watch Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy eulogy for McDreamy

Check out a clip from the Season 11 DVD set.

The Walking Dead has a secret note buried somewhere

The note will guide you to the bag of guns Rick buried in the season finale.

A lot of Mr. Robot fans tell Rami Malek they can’t believe his show is on USA

“It comes up almost every time,” he says. “You know, they’re branching out and re-jiggering everything over there and I think it’s a great way to come in full steam with a show like Mr. Robot that is unlike anything else on the network.” PLUS: Mr. Robot’s twists are truly mind-bending.

Stephen Colbert wants Hello Deli to restore the Letterman sandwich

It was revealed recently that Late Show neighbor Rupert Jee renamed the Letterman sandwich after Colbert. Today Colbert tweeted the Hello Deli: “Rupert! America demands return of @Letterman & @PaulShaffer sandwiches! USA is hungry enough to eat all 3 of us! #GoodSandwiches.”

Legendary SNL writer Paula Pell reveals her most important sketches

From Gilly to Spartan Cheerleaders to Debby Downer.

Inside The Big Bang Theory writers’ room

Nerf guns and a cotton candy machine are a normal part of the CBS sitcom’s writers’ room. “One of the big questions is whether or not the cotton candy machine is being used as a Nerf target or a cotton candy machine,” jokes co-creator Bill Prady.

Richard Dreyfuss recreated Bernie Madoff’s infamous portrait

Dreyfuss posed as Madoff in front of his Lichtenstein collection for ABC’s upcoming miniseries.

Jon Hamm and Matthew Weiner had something like a Mad Men partnership

Turns out Hamm influenced Weiner’s vision for Don Draper, especially after the first season.

West Hollywood spoofs SNL’s The Californians

The city is getting the word about a traffic closure with The WeHoans.

Ben and Kate alum Echo Kellum to star in Comedy Central’s Overanalyzers

The comedy will follow a diverse group of 20-something friends who try to navigate our technological world.