Treme (// trə-MAY) is an American television drama series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer (respectively creator and producer of The Wire) that aired on HBO. The series premiered on April 11, 2010, and concluded on December 29, 2013, comprising four seasons and 36 episodes. It takes its name from Tremé, a neighborhood of New Orleans. The series begins three months after Hurricane Katrina as the residents, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians, try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane.
The main cast is made of:
- Khandi Alexander (Scandal) as LaDonna Batiste-Williams — She was formerly married to Antoine, and owns and runs a tavern in New Orleans. She commutes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, where she and Antoine’s sons are living with her current husband, Larry Williams (Lance E. Nichols, House of Cards), a dentist. She is pressured by her husband to move to Baton Rouge, as she has no ties to New Orleans anymore. She previously took care of her elderly mother, who refused to leave the city when they were trying to locate LaDonna’s younger brother David Maurice (Daymo), who went missing during the storm.
- Rob Brown as Delmond Lambreaux – The son of Albert, an accomplished trumpet player. He finds himself drawn more to the music and atmosphere of New York than New Orleans. Delmond’s character is based on jazz innovator Donald Harrison, Jr., whom Simon and Overmyer brought in to consult for the series.
- Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy) as Janette Desautel – A struggling chef trying to keep her restaurant open while waiting for insurance to pay for her losses in the storm. She and Davis maintained a casual but tumultuous relationship.
- John Goodman (Roseanne, Damages, Community) as Creighton Bernette (starring season 1, guest star season 2) – An English professor at Tulane University who is working on a novel about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and who is a passionate promoter of the city’s culture. His character is drawn from the real-life New Orleans blogger, Ashley Morris.
- Michiel Huisman (Nashville) as Sonny – A street musician from Amsterdam who met Annie while she was backpacking in Europe. His drug use causes problems for both their professional and personal relationship.
- Melissa Leo (Homicide: Life on the Street, The L World) as Antoinette “Toni” Bernette – A civil rights lawyer who worked with LaDonna in trying to locate her missing brother. She defends musicians and people abused by the justice system in the city. She is relentless in her investigation of NOPD corruption which puts both her and her daughter’s life at risk.
- Lucia Micarelli as Annie Talarico – A classically trained violinist, who plays music on the streets of the French Quarter with her boyfriend Sonny, working for tips.
- Clarke Peters (The Wire, Damages) as Albert “Big Chief” Lambreaux – A Mardi Gras Indian chief who is well respected in his community. Having returned to his home to find it severely damaged, he moves into the neighborhood bar where his tribe practices. He is repairing it while working to bring the other members of his tribe, as well as his son Delmond, back to the city.
- Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Suits) as Antoine Batiste – A trombonist, constantly hunting for his next gig, Antoine lives with the mother of his youngest child. He rarely sees his two sons with his ex-wife LaDonna, in part because he has no car since the storm and must rely on cabs and public transportation. He is the frontman for his band, “Antoine Batiste and his Soul Apostles”, and has a part-time job as an assistant music instructor at a local middle school.
- Steve Zahn (Mind Games, Friends) as Davis McAlary – A part-time DJ and musician, Davis is from an Uptown family but now lives in Tremé, he is a passionate lover of New Orleans and its culture. He is constantly seeking to incite social outrage against perceived injustices.
- India Ennenga as Sofia Bernette (recurring season 1, starring seasons 2–4) – Toni and Creighton’s teenage daughter. In season 3 she is repeatedly targeted by the NOPD in an effort to dissuade her mother from investigating police corruption in New Orleans.
- David Morse (St. Elsewhere, Hack) as Terry Colson (recurring season 1, starring seasons 2–4) – An honest police officer working as a shift lieutenant for the NOPD, a friend of Toni Bernette. He secretly works with the FBI in investigating his city’s police corruption.
- Jon Seda (Homicide: Life on the Street, Chicago Fire) as Nelson Hidalgo (seasons 2–4) – A politically connected developer and venture capitalist from Dallas, who becomes involved in the renewal efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans.
- Chris Coy (True Blood) as L.P. Everett (seasons 3–4) – a young reporter for ProPublica new to New Orleans investigating the various crimes that happened during Hurricane Katrina. The character is based on real-life reporter Adam Clay Thompson.