HBO’s Treme, which premieres Season 3 this Sunday at 10/9c, has been renewed for a fourth and final season, series co-creator David Simon announced at a Saturday screening at the Joy Theater in New Orleans.
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Simon and co-creator Eric Overmyer had revealed last October their decision/hope to have Treme run a total of four seasons, says the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which first reported on the Season 4 news.
The final season, however, will not run as long as previous ones. “HBO, upon viewing the 10 [Season 3 episodes] that we gave them [said] they want to see the end of the story,” Simon said at the Saturday screening. “They fought very hard to give us half a loaf. We’re going to take it and run.”
UPDATE: Simon tells HitFix.com the episode count is TBD, based on how far they can stretch the “lump sum” given them by HBO, but he’s guessing “four to six” hours.
Though the cast is not contractually obligated to return for the shortened swan-song season, after being approached by producers, “To a person, they all came back,” Simon reported. “We’re happy for a chance to finish the story on our own terms.”