“True Detective” is Coming Back for Season 5 With Issa López as Showrunner

Jodie Foster in
Jodie Foster in "True Detective: Night Country"

Issa López did a great job reviving the True Detective franchise, and its future will be safe in her hands. HBO announced the renewal of the hit anthology series shortly after its Season 4 finale, and López is returning as a showrunner under her new overall deal with the network.

True Detective: Night Country took place in Ennis, a small Alaskan town where many secrets lie buried under the eternal ice. Detectives Liz Danvers and Evangeline Navarro (Jodie Foster and Kali Reis) must overcome their differences and work together to investigate the mysterious death of researchers working at the Tsalal Arctic Research Station.

Night Country became a huge hit for HBO, and it grew into the most-watched installment of True Detective, with 12.7 million cross-platform viewers. HBO renewed it just a few days after the Season 4 finale, and Issa López agreed to return as a showrunner, under a new overall deal that will see her creating new content for Max and HBO.

Francesca Orsi, EVP of HBO Programming, praised López’s commendable vision for Night Country, adding she inspired them with her resilience both on the page and behind the camera.

“Issa Lopez is that one-of-a-kind, rare talent that speaks directly to HBO’s creative spirit… Alongside Jodie and Kali’s impeccable performances, she’s made this installation of the franchise a massive success, we are so lucky to have her as part of our family,” said Orsi in a statement.