HBO's Treme Renewed for a Shortened Fourth and Final Season, Series Creators Announce

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.

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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.”