09/23/2012 11:10 am ET

'Treme': Season 4 Will End Series Says David Simon

The third season of "Treme" won't be its last. According to series creator David Simon, HBO will renew the series for a shortened fourth and final season. Season 3 begins on Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST.

“We are going to be back for a season 3.5,” Simon said during a screening of the third season premiere on Saturday night. He went on to add that HBO gave him "half a loaf," but that wasn't going to stop him from completing the story.

Not that this news is all too surprising. As THR notes, Simon had previously stated that "Treme" would wrap up after four seasons, something cast member Khadi Alexander echoed last week.

"David [Simon] has made it clear that he wants a conclusion, and it is my understanding that, as of today, we're very close to being able to have a conclusion -- and I'm looking forward to that,” she told THR.

Much like Simon's last HBO series, "The Wire," "Treme" was critically acclaimed but had trouble finding an audience. The second season averaged around 500,000 viewers per original episode.

The second season of "Treme" wrapped up last summer. As previously reported, Season 3 picks up with "Toni (Melissa Leo) continuing to fight against a corrupt police department, sexual assault victim LaDonna (Alexander) working to reclaim her dignity, and trombonist Antoine (Wendell Pierce) taking a good look at the meaning of life."

For more on Simon's comments, head over the the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

[via NOLA]

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