The long-rumored abbreviated fourth season of HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme is a reality. “Strike up the band. Production on the 5-episode final season of Treme begins November 5th,” the show announced on its Facebook page this afternoon. HBO confirmed the order, which will end the series’ run. Treme co-creator David Simon told a New Orleans crowd last month that “we are going to be back for a season 3.5. HBO, upon viewing the 10 (episodes from Season 3) 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.”
It looks like Treme co-creator David Simon will get his wish to finish the series in four seasons… almost. At a screening for Treme production staff tonight in New Orleans on the eve of the show’s third season premiere on Sunday, Simon announced that the New Orleans drama will conclude its run with an abbreviated fourth season. “We are going to be back for a season 3.5,” Simon said, according to Nola.com. “HBO, upon viewing the 10 (episodes from Season 3) 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.” Reps for HBO confirmed that Simon made the statements, declining further comment.
Simon’s announcement comes amidst speculation that HBO brass had been mulling an end for Treme, which has never been a commercial success. The series created by Simon and Eric Overmyer premiered to 1.1 million viewers, dropping to 605,000 viewers in its second season opener. Despite the low ratings, the series that chronicles the life of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been a matter of pride for HBO leadership.
The third season of HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire will kick off Sunday, September 16 at 9 PM, HBO announced today. Season 3 of the series starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon will be made up of 12 episodes. HBO also said the 10-episode Season 3 of its New Orleans-set drama series Treme will debut Sunday, September 23 at 10 PM. Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Clarke Peters, Rob Brown, Steve Zahn and Melissa Leo star.
CAA has signed three senior-level TV writer-producers. Eric Overmyer is the co-creator/executive producer of HBO’s Treme. Before collaborating with David Simon on the New Orleans-based series, Overmyer worked with Simon as a producer and writer on The Wire. Overmyer, who comes from UTA, also has worked on the three Law & Order series and Homicide: Life On The Street.
Also joining CAA from UTA is Scott Rosenbaum whose resume includes stints as executive producer on V and Chuck and co-executive producer on The Shield for five seasons. Clifton Campbell is the creator and executive producer of A&E’s The Glades and was previously a co-executive producer on USA’s White Collar. He was repped by ICM.
Veteran TV director Ernest R. Dickerson has signed with Verve. He is among a number of former Gersh TV lit agent Amy Retzinger’s clients to follow her to Verve, where she joined as a new partner in January. Dickerson, a frequent collaborator of David Simon, just won a NAACP Image Award for directing an episode of Simon’s latest HBO series, Treme. Dickerson also has directed multiple episodes of Dexter and The Walking Dead. Other clients who have joined Retzinger at Verve include writers Karen Hall and Yolonda Lawrence (The Good Wife), directors Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men), Daisy Mayer (Shameless) and Wendy Stanzler (The Client List), and director/producer Mike Smith (Law & Order: SVU).
Treme co-creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer envision their HBO series ending after 4 seasons. In an interview with Nola.com on Monday, Simon revealed that he has notified HBO of their plan to have characters’ stories play out over four seasons via memo. Treme, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, has been renewed for a third season, which is now starting production. No decision has been made beyond that, but HBO is known for giving the top creators on its roster the freedom to end their series in the way they have envisioned it.
EXCLUSIVE: Chris Coy, who just finished a recurring role on True Blood, has landed a new regular role on another HBO drama series, Treme. David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s Treme, which will return for a third season next year, chronicles the life of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Coy, repped by TalentWorks and Main Title, will play L.P. Everett, a young, urban reporter who is new to New Orleans. He co-starred in the Sundance movie Little Birds, which will be released next year.
HBO has picked up its praised New Orleans drama Treme for a third season. David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s series chronicling the life of New Orleans residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was down in its second-season premiere, drawing 605,000 viewers, down from the 1.1 million who tuned in for the series premiere last year. But as HBO brass always say, ratings don’t have much weight in their renewal decisions, especially for a show like Treme that they are proud of.
LONDON: Sky today announced plans to launch Sky Atlantic HD , a new entertainment channel, in early 2011. Sky Atlantic will provide an exclusive home to some of the most hotly anticipated shows in television to customers throughout the UK and Ireland.
Following Sky and HBO’s multi-year output deal announced in July, Sky Atlantic HD will air all of HBO’s new series exclusively in the UK and Ireland including the already critically acclaimed Boardwalk Empire . The Prohibition-era drama from acclaimed director and Oscar® winner Martin Scorsese and The Sopranos‘ Emmy® Award winning writer Terence Winter features an all-star cast including Steve Buscemi , Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald. Boardwalk Empire made its US debut on HBO on September 19, 2010 and a UK and Ireland premiere is scheduled for February 2011. The series has already been green lit for a second season after scoring HBO’s best premiere audience for over six years.
Other upcoming HBO productions to be broadcast by Sky Atlantic HD include the fantasy drama Game of Thrones , based on the series of books A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, Luck , executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann and starring two time Oscar® winner Dustin Hoffman , Mildred Pierce starring Oscar® winner Kate Winslet and the new series from David Simon ( The Wire ), the New Orleans set Treme , which chronicles the rebuilding of the city following the historic devastation
EXCLUSIVE: Following his starring turn on HBO’s World War II miniseries The Pacific, Jon Seda is staying at the network full-time. He is joining the cast of HBO’s New Orleans drama Treme as a regular. On the series, created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, Seda will play a politically connected developer and venture capitalist from Dallas, who becomes involved in the renewal efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans. Treme was given a second-season renewal in April right after the premiere.