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.
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An actor living in New Orleans playing a cop from New Orleans died this week, in a mysterious death that sounds like it was written for a show about New Orleans. Michael Showers, the actor who played policeman Captain John Guidry in the HBO drama "Treme" and had recent appearances in "Breaking Bad," "The Vampire Diaries," and movies like "Traffic," "I Love You Phillip Morris" and "The Tree of Life," was found dead yesterday at the age of 45.
As we reported this morning, the body of 45 year old 'Treme' actor Michael Showers was found on Wednesday floating in the Mississipi, in a scene that might as well have been written by the show's creator David Simon. Showers was found floating in the water by a steamboat captain, and the actor had apparently been in the water for two days after being reported missing by his girlfriend. Simon spoke to the New Orleans Times-Picayune about Showers and his tragic death. “He did very well with what we gave him.
Treme, HBO’s beloved show about New Orleans' recovery, is back for a second season. Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, who worked together on "The Wire," the series, which shares an emotional, culturally-infused trip through the Big Easy in the aftermath of Katrina, is like candy for the eyes, ears, and heart. Starring recent Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, Steve Zahn and a cast of little known talent like Kim Dickens and Khandi Alexander, the show is far less plot-driven than "The Wire.