Crystal Ball: 'Carnivale' Back
by Andrew Wallenstein, The Hollywood Reporter
(December 12, 2003)
"Carnivale" will reopen its tent next
year on HBO.
Sources said the premium
cable network has greenlighted a second season
for the primetime series, ordering 13 more episodes.
Production is expected to begin in the spring
in anticipation of returning the Depression-era
drama to air sometime in late 2004.
Created by Daniel Knauf,
"Carnivale" completed its 13-episode
rookie season earlier this month with an episode
drawing 3.5 million total viewers, just under
its season average. While HBO's more established
series such as "The Sopranos" and
"Sex and the City" attract much bigger
audiences, "Carnivale" earned a respectable
viewership on par with another of its critically
acclaimed dramas, "The Wire."
The series appeared to
hit a ratings trough early against stiff competition
on the broadcast networks but surged in the
latter half of its run even as its lead-out,
the faux-reality series "K Street,"
faltered. Launched simultaneously with "Carnivale,"
"Street" will not return for a second
is executive produced by Knauf and Howard Klein.
Knauf is repped by Agency for the Performing
Arts' Marc Pariser.