HBO just sh*ts all over the other US networks in terms of quality shows.
well of course.
the networks aren't concerned with quality. they're only concerned with the lowest common denominator. the more people watching their channel, the more advertising dollars they make.
and that's why you have 45970959853744089 different kinds of cop and law and hospital dramas and then another 904359034750983475834 different kinds of singing and/or dancing competitions. because networks only care about cheap production and cheap entertainment.
HBO is not beholden to advertising revenue; at least not in the same way that the networks are. HBO (and Showtime, for that matter) can afford to be patient and develop something that is unique and driven by quality.
it also helps that they don't have to deal with network rules pertaining to censorship.
Is it good news? I love the show, but I thought it would have been a good place to end the series. HBO must've thrown a big bag of money at Danny McBride and Jody Hill, because wasn't it supposed to be only three seasons from the start?
I don't see them making any more after the fourth series so it seems a bit pointless to just make another 8 episodes from where the series left off. Weren't they originally only making 3 series so they could get back to film making?