HOLLYWOOD – The first reviews are in for True Detective Season 2 and the biggest surprise has been the appearance of animated character Spongebob Squarepants.

True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato explained to the Studio Exec the inclusion of Spongebob Squarepants:

When I finished the first season I knew we had done something very special with the team we had assembled. Woody Harrelson, Cary Fukunaga and Matthew McConaughey and I knew the easy thing to do would have been to simply try and repeat that and I knew that would have been entirely the wrong thing to do. So I decided to go in a totally new direction. I got a new director and I cast Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn. Initially I wanted Vince to provide a lighter shading with his hilarious every-man comedy persona, the likable schlub, but he was keen to do something different. That was great but it left us with a problem. Everyone looked like they wanted to take a shit they were so glum. I was drinking in West Hollywood and I bumped into Stephen Hillenburg, who I knew from back when we both worked on 60 Minutes together. I asked him about Spongebob and he was a bit down about how Spongebob Squarepants Sponge Out of Water had turned out. I didn’t think anything of it but the next day I got up to do some writing and I wrote the words ‘Who lives in a pineapple under the sea’. It was unbelievable.

What role does Spongebob play?

I wanted him to be the goofy desk sergeant that is always getting things wrong and yet providing Colin Farrell’s character Ray Velcoro with some welcome relief from all the brooding he has to do. His japes, whether trying the cocaine that he is supposed to be filing away as evidence, or jawing with the local hookers, just add another color to my palate. Imagine how dour it would be without Spongebob to cheer things up?

The first episode ‘The Western Book of the Dead’ sees a mobster trying to go straight and corruption rife in the LAPD while Spongebob accidentally leaves his trousers at home.

True Detective Season 2 is currently showing on HBO. 


HOLLYWOOD – The Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey show True Detective has been canceled by HBO following criticism that the show was just not funny enough.

A source within the studio complained:

We’ve been giving Nic Pizzolatto notes throughout the run and he has obviously been ignoring them. When Nic first came to us with the idea for the show, he sold it to us as Woody from Cheers gets into a fix with love-able rom-com scoundrel Matthew McConaughy as two bumbling cops. He said it would be like Two and a Half Men meets Starsky and Hutch (the remake). When we saw the first episode, we sat in grim Nietzschean silence. Not one joke. Not a single one. And McConaughey looks like he has AIDs, which is not – to put it mildly – a laughing matter.

But isn’t the series supposed to be a weighty mood piece?

I’m not going to criticize everything. His female characters are good on the nudity front and don’t talk too much so he ticks those boxes. But the complete lack of humor, embarrassing situations and ‘zingers’ is fatal. And the plot is all over the place. We wanted laughs, resolution and on to the next episode.

True Detective is currently available on HBO.