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HBO renews 'Treme' for second season

April 13, 2010 |  1:12 pm

“Treme,” HBO’s new drama about a community of musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, has already gotten the go-ahead for a second season.

The network announced Tuesday that it was renewing the series, which debuted Sunday to widespread acclaim from critics. Many have suggested that it is on par with creator David Simon’s series “The Wire,” which detailed the ills of urban America.

“I can’t think of another show that is more emblematic of what we aspire to be as a network than 'Treme,' ” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming.  “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.”

Production will begin in New Orleans in the fall.

-- Matea Gold