HBO, Section 8 end political drama K Street

BY Advocate.com Editors

November 26 2003 12:00 AM ET

HBO and Section 8 partners Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney have mutually decided to end K Street,the political drama series that just completed a 10-episode run. According to Michael Fleming of Daily Variety, Soderbergh and Clooney executive-produced the series with James Carville and Mark Sennet, each of whom apparently expected to be more involved in planning. Instead Soderbergh reportedly became so engrossed with the format that he wound up directing every episode. The series, which premiered September 14, is a blend of fiction and documentary, with actors playing political consultants interacting with real politicians and political consultants. Each episode was filmed over three days, followed by two days of editing, then would air two days later. "They were working nonstop for six days a week," a source close to the production said. "Their level of commitment was overwhelming, but midway through, it became clear they'd have to stop once they told a complete arc in the first 10 episodes."

Among the fictional associates in the show's bipartisan lobbying firm was Maggie (Mary McCormack), a conservative lobbyist who unexpectedly finds herself falling in love with another woman, Gail (Talia Balsam). HBO's decision not to renew the series leaves Maggie and Gail's romantic future undetermined.

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