Reups Dust Bowl Drama 'Carnivale'
by Denise Martin, Variety (December 12, 2003)
The circus is staying in town.
HBO has renewed "Carnivale,"
ordering a 13-episode second season. Creator
Daniel Knauf and Howard Klein are on board to
Production will begin
in spring with new episodes slated to bow in
After a massive marketing
campaign and positive reviews, frosh season
of "Carnivale" got off to a big bang
--- premiering to 5.3 million viewers. The sprawling
saga of good and evil is set in a travelling
carnival in the middle of the 1930s Dust Bowl
and blends elements of "Twin Peaks"
and "Grapes of Wrath." But the show's
numbers fluctuated over the 12-seg season, with
3.5 million tuning in for the finale.
Despite audience levels
well below HBO signature skeins "The Sopranos"
and "Sex and the City," HBO execs
seem satisfied with the show's solid core of
viewers. Cabler has shown a willingness to stick
by shows with less than supersize auds, including
"The Wire" and "Oz."
Klein, who's also an
exec producer on Fox's "King of the Hill,"
said he had always been optimistic that the
show would have another go-round on the cabler.
"I had a gut feeling
about it. The feedback we'd been getting from
the public and HBO has been so great,"
said Klein, who attributed some loss to going
up against the new fall season and baseball.
Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown
and Clea DuVall starred in the first season.
Cast has not yet been set for the new episodes.