Like many series before it on the network, HBO's Treme is ending after falling short of what it could have been. For every smash hit like Game of Thrones or The Sopranos, it seems the network has just as many series like Hung, Bored to Death or Carnival that fall short of what they could be. I think Treme is a series that, when all is said and done, will be added to that pile - it could have been so much more than it was.
The New Orleans-set series is creeping towards it conclusion and today the network announced that the final season, which begins production in early November, will be five episodes long - half the length of the third season, which premiered a little over a month ago.
Co-creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer were happy to get a chance to wrap things up.
“We are going to be back for a season 3.5,” Simon said. “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.”
Treme never did great numbers, but was well liked by critics. Its original Sunday night broadcasts have averaged less than 500,000 viewers.
Do you watch Treme? Are you going to miss it?