'Treme' To End After Fourth, Shortened Season

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by Kevin Jagernauth
September 24, 2012 11:31 AM
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While it hasn't garnered the popularity of other HBO shows like "Boardwalk Empire" or "Girls," or even the variety of semi-controversy and chatter of "The Newsroom," David Simon's "Treme" had lots of critical love, albeit a small, but devoted following. But it seems Simon's time down in New Orleans will be coming to end.

Simon and the show's co-creator Eric Overmyer have announced that HBO has given them the go ahead to produce a fourth, final and shorter season for the show. "HBO has offered us a lump sum to budget a conclusion to 'Tremé,' and we are trying to figure out how to stretch that amount in the best possible way. Right now, we are tentatively looking at anywhere between four and six hours of programming, depending on a variety of things," Simon explained to HitFix. "It's half a loaf, but it represents a sincere effort by Mike Lombardo and Richard Plepler to end the narrative properly. We'll do the best we can with the story arcs and try to conclude 'Tremé' in a resonant way."

It's a bummer for fans of the show, but they'll be heartened to know that though the actors had no contractual obligation to return for a half-season, everyone is on board to close it out right. "Treme" recently kicked off season 3, which runs weekly through to November 25th. No word yet on when season four will premiere, but Fall 2013 is probably a safe bet.

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3 Comments

  • MJ | September 24, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    Also, it's kind of silly to use Boardwalk Empire & laughable to use Girls as your examples of popular shows when True Blood & Game of Thrones slaughter both of them in ratings & surely licensing/ancillary money.

  • MJ | September 24, 2012 3:29 PMReply

    Best writing on TV right now. At least they're throwing David Simon a bone & letting him give it a proper ending, he said 4 seasons all along so this won't be truncated too much anyway. We all know they've kept the show on the air for the sake of keeping David Simon in the fold & that their popular shows make up up for the profit this one surely doesn't make.

  • Archer Slyce | September 24, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    That really was my favorite show of the last few years ... very high quality writing, although maybe a bit unorthodox (I once described this to a friend as the un-Lost). Beside it had/has a huge fan base in NOLA with people gathering to watch the show (nope these are not "gumbo party" !).

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