So it’s good and bad news for HBO’s Treme.
As reported by The Times Picayune, the New Orleans-based drama is announced to return for fourth season, but it will be its last, and cut short at that.
Creator and writers of The Wire David Simon and Eric Overmyer brought us this jazz-fueled drama about the aftermath of hurricane Katrina (tip: don’t ask about their houses). It’s currently running its third season but sadly (or happily) for fans of the show, the next will be its last.
It’s had good reviews all round and a dedicated fan base, but unfortunately it failed to raise enough “buzz” — unlike Boardwalk Empire or Game Of Thrones — to merit a continuation. However, unlike other HBO shows such as Deadwood, which was cruelly denied a fourth season, at least the creators of Treme will have the space and budget to round off the whole series.
Neither is this the first TV series to be given a truncated fourth season. NBC’sCommunity only has a certain future up to 13 episodes rather than the 25 of previous seasons, but, unlike Community, at least the original creators are allowed to take it to the end their way.
There was some trepidation about whether the actors would agree to the arrangement, but Simon reports happily:
To a person, they all came back…we’re happy for a chance to finish the story on our own terms.
No word yet of when Season 4 will show, but there’s plenty to keep you going til then. Season 3 of Treme is on air now and will run until November 25th.