April 14, 2010 / 12:15 AM / 7 years ago

HBO renews "Treme" after first episode

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In a leap of faith, HBO has renewed its new drama “Treme” after a single episode.

The second-season pickup of the show from “The Wire” team David Simon and Eric Overmeyer comes after the first-season premiere Sunday night. Across two airings, the show drew a fairly modest 1.4 million viewers.

“We would have picked up this show last week,” said HBO president Michael Lombardo. “We’ve seen the first nine episodes; it’s as strong as any show we’ve seen.”

“Treme,” which chronicles life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will resume production this fall. Season 2 will debut next spring -- about the time another project, “Game of Thrones,” will be ready to hit the air.

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