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In Treatment to return for third season

Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED and award-winning HBO series In Treatment is to return for a third series.

The innovative psychoanalysis drama stars Gabriel Byrne as a psycho therapist who attempts to juggle his own problems with the needs of his patients. Unfolding every night of the week, it drops in a different patient for half an hour per episode.

Although ratings have seldom been as high as hoped, the show has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe for Byrne, who has also been nominated twice for an Emmy.

Dianne Wiest, who plays Byrne’s therapist on the show, and guest actor Glynn Turman have also taken home Emmys.

Production on the third season will begin early next year in New York and will likely air in the fourth quarter 2010.

According to Variety, HBO on demand and DVR usage have brought In Treatment viewer totals of 1.9 million for season one and 1.7 million for season two.

Michael Lombardo, president of the programming group and West Coast operations for HBO, commented: “The viewership isn’t as big as we’d like but creatively the show works so well for us, if we’re true to who we say we are, we had to pick it up. We’re not just into ratings and the awards game. We’re here to deliver shows with distinct voices.”

As yet, no casting decisions have been made for the third run, although award-winner Wiest may possibly return.

UK viewers can catch the first season of In Treatment on Sky Arts 1 each weekday night from 10pm, and via a Sunday omnibus. Read our verdict