'Treme' Season 2 premiere: 'When an American city suffered a near-death experience'
"We are following the actual timeline of post-Katrina New Orleans as a means of understanding what happened - and what didn't happen - when an American city suffered a near-death experience," says show creator David Simon, "In doing so, we're trying to address ourselves to what the American experiment has become and what possibilities remain for us. We are an urban people now. How we live together - and of what we are capable or incapable of achieving as an urban people is going to define our future. New Orleans and its recent history speaks to that."
Recent Oscar-winner Melissa Leo tells Zap2it that in Season 2, her character of Toni is "a bleeding heart not just for left-leaning politics but for music, the sacred music of that city" and she lovingly refers to New Orleans as "a beautifully backward town."
The second season premiere episode is titled "Accentuate the Positive" and its description reads: "Antoine contemplates a move, while LaDonna resists one; Davis moves in new directions, personally and professionally; Toni worries about Sofia's emotional distance; Colson contends with the return of crime to new Orleans; Annie returns from a national tour. In New York, Delmond debuts his new album, while Janette holds her tongue in the kitchen of a demanding boss. Juvenile sits in with Galactic and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band."
Below is a preview for Season 2. If you aren't watching - you should tune in. A fine hour of television. "Treme" is back Sunday, April 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.