Treme is a show produced for HBO which primarily takes place in New Orleans. It follows the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The show contains adult language, nudity, violence, and frequent drug use. Music and food are significant motifs. The show follows multiple intertwined story lines based upon many characters. The cast includes both new and veteran actors. Executive producers on the show are veterans David Simon and Eric Overmyer. Treme is comprised of three full seasons and a fourth and shortened final season.
The following are major characters, the actors that play them, and a brief overview of the story lines that surrounds them:
Steve Zahn plays Davis McAlary. He's a part-time D.J. constantly getting in trouble with his work ethic. He's a dreamer and a musician. He sings mostly humorous songs. Davis also has an incredible knowledge of the history of musicians from New Orleans. His character is frequently intertwined with that of violinist Annie Tee (Lucia Micarelli) starting in season two.
Wendell Pierce plays Antoine Batiste. He is a trombone player trying to make ends meet through music. He is consistently ambitious and demanding.
Oscar winner Melissa Leo plays Antoinette "Toni" Bernette. She is a top defense lawyer with a troubled daughter, Sofia (India Ennenga). Throughout the seasons she is often representing other characters in court, as well as trying to help solve murders and other crimes that occurred during the hurricane.
David Morse plays Terry Colson. He is friends with Mrs. Bernette and is sometimes ridiculed for that friendship as he is a police officer. He is struggling with a divorce, as well as rampant police corruption in New Orleans.
Clarke Peters plays Albert "Big Chief" Lambreaux. He is a stubborn man deeply imbued with the culture of the Indian. He is constantly struggling against legal and family matters.
Kim Dickens plays Jane Desautel. She is a superior chef facing dilemmas of staying in New Orleans and running her own restaurant or living in New York working for another chef.
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Colson gets a transfer; guardians send Lambreaux home; Batiste and his sons attend a Dr. John gig; Hidalgo returns to Texas; McAlary revisits his pothole, now decorated.
McAlary turns 40; Bernette gets a break in her case; Annie abandons her band; Lambreaux insists that Delmond carry on as Big Chief after he's gone; Everett returns to New Orleans.
McAlary and Desautel spend New Year's Eve together; Batiste starts work on a movie; LaDonna offers support to Lambreaux; Colson is willing to testify, and the NOPD retaliates.
Lambreaux receives news that his cancer has spread; Delmond toys with Terence Blanchard in New York; Annie wins song of the year for "This City"; violence strikes one of Batiste's students.
In the fourth season premiere, the city celebrates the election of Barack Obama; Desautel opens her own Bywater restaurant; LaDonna rebuilds Gigi's bar; school band director Batiste begins investing his efforts into his students' lives.
Davis and Cheeky Blakk go "full ghetto" on Davis' farewell to the musician's life. Tim Feeny reveals himself and his intentions to Janette when he discovers she's hosting an unauthorized benefit for Gigi's. Delmond says goodbye to the powers that be. Toni is hopeful Joey Abreu's killer may be prosecuted.
Janette gets attacked by crawfish ravioli. Terry endures an assault and learns his position at the NOPD is impossible. LaDonna learns the truth of the threatening gestures.
Sonny sells instruments in order to buy jewelry. LaDonna receives threats from a stranger and Albert helps her. Sofia gets evicted to protect her safety. Terry case begins falling apart and his popularity goes down. Desiree confronts Robinette.
It's Carnival time: Toni finds Judge Gatling delegating judicial orders and potables at Galatoire's. Janette seeks advice from Emeril Lagasse and deconstructs crawfish etouffée with Al Roker. Sonny falls on the wagon. As Nelson schmoozes, Annie watches the Neville Brothers at the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras Ball.
Sonny speeds to the marina, but misses the boat. Fats Domino impresses Davis. Antoine seeks reading help for Jennifer. Janette endures corporate hell. Toni and L.P. get a witness. Desiree gets a new ally.
Annie's parents learn the truth of her record deal. Albert's kids discover he has lymphoma. Sofia gets stopped by Officer Billy Wilson, prompting Toni to appeal to NOPD captain Marcus Grayson.
Antoine does good works, but a homeowner is suspicious of Nelson's actions. Davis is unsuccessful in sighing "Sugar Boy" Crawford for his opera, but Delmond convinces his father to sign up for assistance from New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. L.P. discovers his headless skeleton wasn't always headless.
Janette, Aunt Mimi and Annie have different levels of excitement over some new deals.
Antoine's students' demonstrate interest and Annie's demo is a success. L.P. Everett's new case has smoke and fire; LaDonna decides to move; Hidalgo discovers a new angle; Janette's resistance slips; Albert is given bad news about his health.
Season 3 opens in the fall of 2007 with the arrival of police officers during a brass-band procession for a fallen musician. Meanwhile, Delmond and Albert are met with opposing reactions to their new album; Toni finds a new ally in her ongoing crusade for justice; and in New York, Janette is reunited with Enrico Brulard.
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