David Simon announced a “Season 3.5” of Treme to an audience of cast and crew at a Season Three Episode 1 screening at the Joy Theater in New Orleans today. “There were people at HBO who wanted to see the end of the story.”
Having managed to beat the Newhouse Monster twice in my life now (our bulletin was the first up, even as the house lights dimmed), I gracefully retire and refer you to David Walker’s longer write up of the announcement. At least he has access to the review releases but in his place I would have bolted to file even at the price of missing the show.
You do read Dave Walker’s Treme coverage religiously, don’t you?
The story of the ’84 local election coverage by the red-headed step child of the New Orleans press club The West Bank Guide is one for another time and place.
Sam Japser promises more on last night’s reception, screening and announcement.
— Wet Bank Guy
I’m counting on you guys to provide the season 3 lowdown — we’re currently in London, where it is pissing rain and gusting the birds off their perches. Well, one bird anyway, that I saw get thrown off Host’s birdfeeder. 🙂
We are, btw, currently listening to a cd of piano roll music that Jelly Roll Morton made, to warm ourselves up. It’s also cold. Very cold. Hey, it’s England.
Gack, meant to write season 3 PREMIER EPISDOE lowdown ….
Such good unexpected news. I esp. like Simon’s vision of the end. Mark, I hope things work out for you in New Orleans. I would hate for New Orleans to lose you again.
I had read, I believe in Dave Walker’s piece, that the final episode of Season 3 isn’t as neatly tied up in terms of short term look at the future of the characters. I wondered when I read that if it was an gambit for negotiation on Mr. Simon’s part. I was lucky enough to ask him exactly that, as I thought if it had been a gambit it was well played. His response was that it wasn’t a gambit. “We couldn’t credibly get the characters where they needed to go in the complete arc in three seasons.” I am delighted that HBO understood that, and we all agreed that they surely didn’t want another Deadwood situation. So hurray for HBO and Mr. Simon’s team, and some of us will volunteer to help out with the “babysitting and car washing for HBO execs” that Mr. Simon quipped about being conscripted for.
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