One episode in and you can tell that Treme has the makings of a great show. It’s smart. It’s funny. It’s surreal. Music plays a central role and David Simon is behind it. Those reasons were enough to get me on board for the first 80 minutes of Treme. As it turns out, 1.4 million viewers felt the same way. So, HBO orderd a second serving.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, announced the new deal:
“I can’t think of another show that is more emblematic of what we aspire to be as a network than TREME. In the tradition of THE WIRE, David Simon and Eric Overmeyer have embarked on an exploration of the soul of one of the world’s most unique cities through the lives of an exquisitely crafted cast of characters. We are thrilled that the press has recognized the profound artistry and intelligence of this show and are eager to see where David and Eric take us in a second season.”
Treme chronicles life in a post-Katrina New Orleans. The first installment served as a character introduction, guiding the viewer through the lives of some of those who stayed to save a precious commodity in New Orleans — culture. The show is a slow cooker and will take a few more episodes to fully grasp and appreciate. If we’ve learned anything from David Simon’s shows, it’s that he always favors depth and nuance over reductiveness.
Season 2 will debut next spring.