Fourth Season of “Six Feet Under” Starts Filming December 1, Details Revealed

The fourth season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed series “Six Feet Under” will begin filming December 1 in Los Angeles, sources have learned. Picking up shortly after the previous season’s finale, the initial episode, entitled “Falling Into Place,” will see the introduction of the family of Nate’s late wife, with several of them recurring characters.

At the end of last season, Nate Fisher (played by Peter Krause) received the phone call he’d been dreading for three episodes: The police had found Lisa’s body, which was only identifiable by her dental records. In a state of utter despair, he goes to a local dive bar and there goads a patron into beating him into a bloody mess; later, in his car, he envisions his dead father and Lisa urging him to commit suicide by driving himself off the road into a canyon. The episode closed with Nate being invited into ex-girlfriend Brenda’s home. In the same episode, Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez) also found himself indulging in some marital infidelity. According to our sources, each of these happenings are dealt with in the first episode.

Presumably in a little better state by the time of the season premiere, viewers meet Barb Woodsworth, the sister Lisa was going to see in Santa Cruz when she disappeared. Described as “grounded, sensible and sweet,” she is married to a “Jeff Daniels-type” husband named Hoyt Woodsworth and has three children.

While Barb seems to be a recurring character, Lisa’s two parents look to be only on for one episode. Peg Kimmel, Lisa’s mother, is described as “way too thin” and understandably distraught over her daughter’s death, she digs in her heels with Nate over certain things that she expects. Ed Kimmel, he husband, is described only as a “defeated man.” Michaela, Barb’s oldest daughter, also forms a special bond with Michael C. Hall’s David and looks to recur on the series.

Also in the premiere, Federico visits a priest for a confession, most likely to ask forgiveness for his indiscretion. Part of the episode will also go back to 1972 as well.

The episode is written by Craig Wright and will be directed by Michael Cuesta, who each have several episodes of the series under their belts already. The fourth season of the series is expected to premiere in June 2004.

The Scorecard
Executive Producers: Alan Ball, Robert Greenblatt, David Janollari and Alan Poul
Director: Michael Cuesta
Writer: Craig Wright
Casting Directors: Junie Lowry Johnson and Libby Goldstein
Start Date: December 1, 2003
Location: Los Angeles
Production Company: The Greenblatt Janollari Studio
Network: HBO