Cheers to Treme for its triumphant second season.
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If you got fed up with David Simon's pokey post-Katrina HBO drama during its first season, you might want to revisit it. Oscar-winner Melissa Leo has been joined by her killer fellow Homicide: Life on the Street vet Jon Seda as a Dallas developer whose taste for New Orleans' food and music is rivaled only by his thirst to profit from the aftermath of its tragedy. Plus, the always-excellent David Morse has been promoted to full-time regular duty as a beleaguered NOPD cop. His "Let Bourbon Street be Bourbon Street" speech rivaled Hill Street Blues' best squadroom-briefing monologues.
My colleague Matt Roush has compared Treme favorably to Nashville, and that's never felt more apt than in this week's episode, directed by Robert Altman alum Tim Robbins (The Player, Short Cuts). The Thanksgiving montage — including DJ Davis' exuberant trip to a "bounce" club with his fun-loving aunt (Elizabeth Ashley) — was a cornucopia of delightful sounds and images, sprawling with all the color and life of the Big Easy.
Are you sticking with Treme?