David Simon's New Orleans saga will wrap after fourth year

HBO is going to the Big Easy for a fourth time with “Treme.”

According to series creator David Simon, the skein is returning for another season, but with about half the usual episode order.

At a premiere screening in New Orleans, Simon said the pay cabler had agreed to what would be a final season of the series, which has supported by the network despite low ratings. Simon and HBO have had a long relationship, with miniseries “The Corner” and “Generation Kill,” as well as “The Wire,” which some members of the press have called the greatest TV drama ever.

Simon said all the actors, including Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander and Kim Dickens, would return to close out the arc Simon and Eric Overmyer had created.

“To a person, they all came back. We’re happy for a chance to finish the story on our own terms,” Simon said. “It’s not an ideal solution, but given the ratings for ‘Treme’ relative to HBO’s other original series, the existence of any kind of fourth season is something to be celebrated.”

The third season of “Treme” is set to premiere Sunday night.

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