Treme executive producer David Simon has long expressed his hopes that the New Orleans drama could run for four seasons — a proposition which seemed unlikely, given the show’s small audience and tiny cultural footprint. But Simon has a good history with longshot propositions, having coaxed five full seasons out of the apocalyptically-rated The Wire. Now he’s done it again: The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that, at a screening of Treme‘s third season premiere, Simon announced that HBO had officially greenlit a shortened final season of the show. “We are going to be back for a season 3.5,” said the Simon. “[HBO] fought very hard to give us half a loaf. We’re going to take it and run.” READ FULL STORY »
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David Simon talks 'Treme,' America, and a possible end to his TV career: 'Maybe I'm in the wrong line of work.'
Treme is not really like any other show on television. Set in the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the series follows a huge cast of characters through myriad subplots set in the city’s overlapping cultural spheres, with regular tangents into the worlds of jazz musicians, local politicians, celebrity chefs, and even the occasional fishermen. The show was co-created by David Simon, the famously provocative TV auteur who created The Wire. Treme shares The Wire‘s symphony-of-a-city panoramic perspective. With the show returning for its third season on Sunday night, Simon got on the phone with EW to talk about the long-term plan for Treme, how post-Katrina New Orleans is an allegory for post-Recession America, and the possibility that he might move on from television.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you set the stage a little bit for season 3?
David Simon: In the third season, the money comes back. It doesn’t get to where it’s supposed to go, of course. That would be too much like right. The first season was about the people coming back, the second season the crime came back, and the third season, the money starts to show up. The money that was promised long ago. How that money routed itself, or didn’t, is the theme of the season in some ways. READ FULL STORY »
Game of Thrones, Homeland, and The Colbert Report were among the winners at the 71st-annual Peabody Awards, announced this morning by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards, in a statement. See the winners, recognized for their achievement in electronic media, below:
If Treme co-creator David Simon has his way, the HBO drama will play its last trumpet solo after four seasons.
Simon told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he and fellow producers have plotted out stories through the upcoming third season and through a presumed fourth season — which would be the last. The producers have pitched this end-date plan to HBO.
HBO and Simon have a great relationship, so he’s in a solid position to try and dictate terms, but the show’s ratings have been soft. (The season 2 premiere had about 600,000 viewers, half of the first season premiere.) Many were surprised when Treme got a third season. So even though four seasons is a short run for a successful TV show, in this case it’s actually a pretty bullish suggestion. One suspects HBO will wait to see how Treme performs once it returns in the spring.
Treme actor Michael Showers, who was found dead in the Mississippi River two days ago, died of drowning, autopsy results reveal.
Showers, who played Capt. John Guidry on the series, was found dead Wednesday in the French Quarter and reportedly showed no signs of trauma. Toxicology results are still pending.
Meanwhile, The Times-Picayune reports that Showers, 45, was suffering from depression and anxiety and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March.
‘Treme’ actor found dead
An actor who played New Orleans police Capt. John Guidry on HBO’s Treme was found dead Wednesday morning, a spokesperson for the Port of New Orleans confirms to EW.
The body of Michael Showers, 45, was pulled from the Mississippi River near the French Quarter Wednesday, according to reports. Showers had apparently been dead for about two days before he was found.
Showers’ other credits include Breaking Bad and The Vampire Diaries, according to the actor’s IMDB page.
HBO has decided to pick up David Simon and Eric Overmyer’s acclaimed drama series Treme for a third season, sources say.
The pickup comes as a bit of a surprise — the show has averaged only about 1 million viewers during its premiere runs on Sunday night (freshman fantasy series Game of Thrones is doing about 2.4 million).
But HBO is all about having high-quality exclusive content, and Treme is very much on brand for the network.
Anthony Bourdain is famous for wearing multiple hats: chef, author, Travel Channel jet-setter, and Bravo judge. Now the renaissance man can add another hat to his rack, as a writer for HBO’s New Orleans drama, Treme, which premieres its second season April 24. We talked to Bourdain about how he got the job, why TV writing is easier than book writing, and why he gets giddy over Treme creator David Simon.
This week: reasons you’ll be happy to not be spending the holidays at the Walker household, intel on the return of V, and a Glee tease that will get your track suit bottoms in a bunch.
‘V’: A TRAITOR AMONG THEM?
Fun fact: When a season ends with the sky turning red, there’s cause for concern — and we learn all sorts of reasons why in the Jan. 4 season opener. For one, it can cause your face to melt off — kidding. Sort of. Gruesomeness aside, the premiere gives reason to believe this season could be faster-paced than the freshman run. Here’s what goes down: We learn a bit about the meaning of the red sky (clue: an environmental scientist has a piece of the puzzle); we learn the consequences of accusing Anna of becoming more human (clue: don’t mess with a woman who has a tail with a pointy end); we see Decker make a bold move to support the V (clue: goodbye, journalistic integrity); and we learn of a possible traitor in the Fifth Column. No clue for that one, but prepare to be devastated by the answer.
‘BROTHERS AND SISTERS’: THE WALKER WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS
Moms are the greatest, aren’t they? Especially around the hectic holidays when they, you know, do everything. So, when Karl sees Nora fraying at the edges during her own quest for the perfect Christmas, he offers to take her to Santa Fe to escape the madness (because nothing says holiday cheer like paper bag lanterns) — and she takes him up on it! Meanwhile, the Walker children are left Christmas orphans. What results is plenty of campy Walker-ness, mostly between Kitty and Kevin as they battle for the right to host Christmas — and ownership of the village and train that come along with the honor. (Admit it; you do like the camp as long as it’s in small doses.) At the heart of the episode: some very surprising scenarios, like lucid Holly, Justin drunk off his a**, and Kevin with a rather disturbing mustache that falls somewhere between Clark Gable and Billy Dee Williams on the facial hair scale. Oh, I’ve said too much…
‘LEVERAGE’: MOREAU WHERE THAT CAME FROM
The final two episodes of Leverage‘s third season (airing Dec. 19) will easily be fan favorites. There’s plenty of what you love about the show: Parker wit, scheme-offs with international crime man Damien Moreau (Goran Visnjic), and Alec showing us how big his brain is. But there are also touches of things we don’t see as much on the show. For one, there’s a tender moment between the team and tough guy Eliot, following a huge revelation. Other highlights: Alec’s brush with death after he takes a swim…while wearing handcuffs; guest star Visnjic in a robe (yum!); Sophie acting as first lady to a country in peril; and the season’s huge cliffhanger.
Rebecca L. asks: Is there any hope for Finn and Rachel to get back together on Glee or are they over for good? READ FULL STORY »
* NBC’s The Event — which has been giving off some serious 24 vibes in recent weeks — has tapped one of that show’s stars for a potentially recurring gig. Actress Necar Zadegan, who recurred as the wife of IRK President Omar Hassan during the show’s eighth and final season, will play a mysterious character named Isabelle. It’s probably worth noting that former 24 boss Evan Katz is now an exec producer on The Event. It’s all starting to make sense, right?
* ABC Family has opted not to move forward with Strut, a cast-contingent pilot about a Las Vegas showgirl-turned-drill team instructor. Rumor has it producers were wooing Jenna Elfman for the title role, but Dharma wasn’t interested.
* Tennis legend Jimmy Connors will play himself in an episode of Matthew Perry’s upcoming ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine. Perry’s character Ben challenges his longtime idol to a tennis match—all in the name of charity.
* Mad Men‘s season finale is this Sunday and I have a bad feeling a major character will attempt suicide. Who? Listen to the latest edition of the TV Insiders Podcast (below) and find out! READ FULL STORY »
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