Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States Dust Bowl during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The series, created by Daniel Knauf, ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2005. The mythology drew upon themes and motifs from traditional Christianity and gnosticism together with Masonic lore, particularly that of the Knights Templar order.
About Carnivàle in brief
Carnivàle is an American television series set in the United States Dust Bowl during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The series, created by Daniel Knauf, ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2005. The first episode set an audience record for an HBO original series and drew durable ratings through the first season. When the series proved unable to sustain these ratings in its second season, the series was cancelled. An intended six-season run was thus cut short by four seasons. In 2004 the series won five Emmys out of fifteen nominations. The show received numerous other nominations and awards between 2004 and 2006. The two seasons take place in the Depression-era Dust Bowl between 1934 and 1935, and consist of two main plotlines that slowly converge. The mythology drew upon themes and motifs from traditional Christianity and gnosticism together with Masonic lore, particularly that of the Knights Templar order. Nick Stahl and Clancy Brown starred as Ben Hawkins and Brother Justin Crowe, respectively. The second plotline revolves around a Father Coughlin-esque Methodist preacher who shares Ben’s prophetic dreams and slowly discovers the extent of his own unearthly powers, which include bending human beings to his will and making their sins and greatest evils manifest as terrifying visions. In the mid-1990s, KnauF met a few Writers Guild TV writers who encouraged him to revise Carnivèle as a TV series. The pilot episode was filmed in Santa Clarita, California and nearby Southern California locations.
In 2010, the show was rebooted by HBO and aired between September 14, 2003, and March 27, 2005, with a total of 24 episodes. The final episode of the second season was aired on March 28, 2005. It was the last episode to be aired on HBO. The last episode of CarnivàLe was the finale of the third season of the fourth season of HBO’s The Sopranos, which aired on April 14, 2006. It is the last series to be broadcast on HBO that has not been made into a movie or a TV movie. It has been shown on PBS and PBS stations in the U.S. and Canada, and is available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK and Canada. It also airs on PBS in the Netherlands and the Netherlands in the US and Canada in the summer of 2008. It will also be shown in Australia in the fall of 2008 and the UK in the spring of 2009, and on Australia in 2010 and the Czech Republic in the winter of 2009 and the Republic of Ireland in the summers of 2010 and 2010. The original script was twice the length of a typical feature film script and was shelved as it was too short to do his story justice. The story involves a young man with strange healing powers named Ben Hawkins, who joins a traveling carnival when it passes near his home in Milfay, Oklahoma. He is on the trail of a drifter who crossed paths with the carnival many years before, and who apparently possessed unusual abilities similar to Ben’s own.