Question: Can you freakin' believe Carniv&#224le was canceled!? I thought HBO would give it at least one more season. There are still a lot of unanswered questions. Any chance of a one-time movie to wrap things up? — Joyce

Ausiello: Not likely. When I e-mailed executive producer Daniel Knauf to offer my condolences and find out what, if anything, could be done to save the franchise, this was his response:

"Well, to tell you the truth, I still haven't caught my breath from the blow yet. But we have discussed other vehicles — from graphic novels to a series of 'event' films to a miniseries. I'm open as long as it makes sense. Carniv&#224le was much more about tone and character than plot, so the idea that some folks have talked about — a two-hour movie to 'wrap up all the loose ends' — doesn't work for me. I mean, if I wanted to 'wrap things up,' I could probably cram it all into a 20-30 page outline and distribute that. Of course, it would be about as compelling as the instructions on the back of a bottle of aspirin. My feeling is that I'd rather see it unfinished than badly finished. Right now, I'm directing my attention to my and Tracy Torme's Showtime project, Where the Hart Is; yet another series with the Scott brothers and Michael Miner, The Panopticon; and several other projects, including setting up a multimedia company with my partner, Marc Pariser."