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TREME’s Final Season Premiere Date Is…

By Jef Dinsmore on Sep 4, 2013 to Treme


December 1, 2013 and it will only be five episodes!

TREME’s co-creator David Simon said of the New Orleans series that

“We are going to be back for a season 3.5. 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.”

In order to see a proper conclusion to the low-rated series (at least compared to the other dramatic series on the network) five episodes are better than nothing. Publicity for the final half-season should surface during BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s run. Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming had this to say about TREME –

“TREME’s concluding episodes will provide satisfactory closure for the show’s fans. They end the show really beautifully. It felt right for the show; it felt like there are no stories rushed at the end. And it’s at the right resting place.” He also compared TREME to David Simon’s other offering to HBO in THE WIRE – “While THE WIRE was on, some people loved it, but it was really only later — after people reflected on it and saw the totality of what David had to say in that piece — that it became such a passionate reference point, so powerful and I think the same will be true of TREME.” “I think there were certain people that scratched their head along the way to say, ‘Gee, what’s David doing here? Why do we care?’ It’s a much more subtle piece than ‘The Wire,’ in many ways, because it’s celebrating the lives and struggles of ordinary people, but I think it’s equally powerful. I think that’s the experience people will have from the vantage point of time, and, I also think, feeling the end. “Absolutely, it achieved everything we’d hoped. And my hope is that it achieved everything David hoped.”










Now for a bit of speculation: TREME will air for five Sundays starting 12.01. The next three episodes will air 12.08, 12.15 and 12.22. I believe that it will skip the Sunday of 12.29 and run its final episode on 01.05.14 at 9:00pm ET. I predict that TRUE DETECTIVE will premiere at the 10:00 hour that same night!

  • Bigdh28

    Treme is one of the greatest shows I’ve seen, it grabbed me and I watched every episode, not a lot of shows can do that.

  • l&c

    The Wire and Treme were two of the best television ever. What is wrong with the public and industry moguls that excellent writing and acting along with important messages never get to last…instead we get dancing with the stars and other trivial brain-numbing wasted viewing.

  • JVee

    My husband and I are so excited to read this – we have been waiting (im)patiently for Treme to return. We’re very sad that it’s ending, but glad that they will be able to “provide satisfactory closure for the show’s fans.” We are those fans! I agree with Adam – we would watch Treme every week forever. Happy to know it’s coming back! Sad to see it go.

  • Adam Blevins

    I would watch Treme, every week, for as long as they were willing to run it.

    The characters are deep and well written. The interconnections are interesting.

    Any of the character stories could have a spin-off series of their own and they would be good.

    I’m sad to see it go while tripe, like True Blood, lives on.

  • SerTahu

    Isn’t this news from weeks/months ago?

    As for Treme itself, I must admit that I will not be sad to see it go. I honestly found it to be absolutely boring, so I am all for it ending to make room for (hopefully) more interesting series’.

    What would taking its spot, though? The Leftovers?

  • 5 episodes is a bit disappointing, but at the same time I appreciate that the show will come to its natural conclusion, rather than being blown out of proportion. Maybe in the future, it will become much more appreciated, just like what happened with The Wire. I, for one, have thoroughly enjoyed the show, and it’s definitely one of HBO’s best productions to date (although you can’t expect anything less from Simon).

    Still, it will be nice to sit down over Christmas and enjoy the conclusion to this great series. Bets on whether it will end just as The Wire did, with everything rolling on as per the norm?

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