September 22, 2012 9:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell, Aaron Couch
'Treme' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season
HBO’s Treme will return for a fourth and final season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The show's co-creators said Saturday the season would be shorter than previous outings, though they did not reveal how many episodes it would include.
At a screening of the show’s season three opener, co-creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer told a New Orleans crowd the show's return was hard-fought.
“We are going to be back for a season 3.5,” Simon said, The Times-Picayune reported. “HBO, upon viewing the 10 (season-three episodes) that we gave them and what we’ve done, they want to see the end of the story. They fought very hard to give us half a loaf. We’re going to take it and run.”
Simon had previously said that Treme would end with a fourth season and that he and Overmyer had anticipated wrapping up the story after the third season.
Despite initial critical acclaim, the series struggled to find an audience, much like Simon's previous HBO effort, The Wire. During its sophomore season, it ranked as the network's lowest rated drama, pulling fewer than 500,000 viewers in original airings.
Earlier this week, series star Khandi Alexander told THR she believed a deal for the show to return for another season was impending.
"David [Simon] has made it clear that he wants a conclusion, and it is my understanding that, as of today, we're very close to being able to have a conclusion -- and I'm looking forward to that,” Alexander said. “I think often times it's the audience that suffers when a show isn't given the opportunity to have a beginning, middle and end."
The third season of Treme premieres Sunday at 9 p.m.