Don’t play any blues for “Treme,” HBO’s much promoted (if not easily pronounced) series about life and music in post-Katrina New Orleans. On Tuesday, the cable channel announced that it had ordered a second season of the show, just two days after its premiere. The series mixes actors like Steve Zahn, Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters with real-life musicians like Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint; the pedigree of David Simon, who created “Treme” with Eric Overmeyer, and who also produced “The Wire” and “The Corner” for HBO, probably didn’t hurt either.
In a statement, Michael Lombardo, the president of HBO Programming, said: “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.”
HBO said production on the second season of “Treme” would start in New Orleans in the fall. A premiere date has not yet been announced.