In Treatment: HBO TV Series Cancelled; No Season Four, But…

In Treatment canceledIt looks like the doctor is out — for now. HBO has cancelled In Treatment after the seasons on the air but may be interested in keeping the series going in another form.

Starring Gabriel Byrne as Dr. Paul Weston, In Treatment first aired in January 2008 and ran five nights a week. That didn’t perform as well as expected so it was reduced to two episodes twice a week for seasons two and three. While In Treatment has been a favorite with some critics, the ratings haven’t kept up. The season three finale, which aired in December, attracted just 253,000 viewers.

Byrne noted that the role was quite demanding in that it required him to memorize large amounts of dialogue in a short amount of time. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards and appeared in all 121 episodes of the series. Dianne Wiest won a supporting actress Emmy and Glynn Turman won in the guest actor category. In 2009, In Treatment won the WGA Award for best new series.

Though In Treatment may be done as a regular series, HBO is interested in a new incarnation. A statement from HBO states, “It’s true that we have no plans to continue with In Treatment as previously formatted. However, we are in continued conversations with the executive producers to find another way to continue telling these rich stories.”

What do you think? Are you sorry that there won’t be a fourth season of In Treatment? Would you like to see it continue in another form?

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  1. Ro Lane says

    It was a great show . It did not dumb it down for stupid people. No wonder it was cancelled.

  2. Anonymous says

    Such an awesome show! Phenomenal acting! Just began watching it a month ago, and I’m almost at the end of season 3!! Please bring the series back….

  3. clare says

    This article was published in march 2011. Is there any more word on the follow up series. I’m only up to season 2 on DVD (I know, so yesterday) and I’m already upset about there only being one more season :(

  4. Yvonne says

    Please bring “In Treatment” back to television. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) has more to impart to us the viewers.

  5. amelia says

    Bring it back. Please! Both the conception and the execution were excellent, and it was a show that was profound, and much, much deeper than virtually anything else on the air.

    So few shows explore human interiority at all, or provide us with the opportunity to reflect on the deep and troubling questions of identity. This one did, and did it well.

    Learning how Paul continues/changes his life, and how (and whether) those changes play out in his therapy practice….well….I think it would add immeasurably to my life (and practice), and to the lives of anyone else who views existential questions as something more than which car to buy, which social network sites to visit, etc.

  6. lawanda paden says

    I truly miss In Treatment. I was holding out for season 4. This was a very stimulating and moving show. At times I felt like I was in treatment with the subjects. Please bring this show back.

  7. Clayton says

    Please HBO bring In Treatment back. It was one of the best series you showed, intellectually, and easily on par with the Newsroom. In treatment, I felt, was almost a treatment in itself in that it brought the viewer into a session with the subject. It was one of those rare, introspective moments in television, and even the silence was effective. I’m very sorry the numbers weren’t what you would’ve liked.

  8. Susan Connors says

    I am very disappointed that HBO has no plans on continuing In Treatment . I am very disappointed. I really found the show extremely interesting and looked forward to it every week. Please reconsider– it needs to end properly. I felt like I was in the middle of a very personal relationship with the characters and they just disappeared with no resolution.
    Very frustratingly,
    Please reconsider.

  9. Lydia says

    I have enjoyed In Treatment, and waiting for season 4 until
    I found out that HBO has cancelled the series. HBO why would you punish the viewers who really enjoy the series. I hope HBO revives this particular series.

  10. Angelique Craney says

    I just learned last night that IN TREATMENT was canceled and immediately went online, hoping it was just a rumor.

    It was one of the most intelligent and well acted shows ever…which is likely why it was canceled…it didn’t appeal to the lowest common denominator. How about PBS? I am thoroughly disappointed. I watched every episode. The season finale was a jaw dropper.
    Please bring it back. TV has become more intelligent and daring, (and more banal and idiotic). I hope our side wins.

  11. Lilly says

    I have been waiting for so long for a 4th season. I can’ t believe that “In treatment” will not be continued . You see, we have not often the opportunity to enjoy and learn from TV “sessions” of that level. Please, do something soon!

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