HBO renews 'Treme' after first episode

New Orleans-set drama series given a second-season pickup

In a leap of faith, HBO has renewed its new drama series "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. The final season of Simon's "The Wire" averaged 890,000 for premiere episodes.

HBO president Michael Lombardo said the network is so pleased with "Treme" that a pickup was inevitable.

"We would have picked up this show last week," Lombardo said. "We've seen the first nine episodes; it's as strong as any show we've seen. Much like 'The Wire,' the audience is so passionate and so invested. We're about servicing our subscriber base, and I believe that people will become addicted to this show. We have to be a place where this kind of excellence is given space to continue."

"Treme" chronicles life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and 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.

Lombardo confirmed that the "Thrones" pilots had some reshoots but assured that the show's quality is high.

"It looks beautiful, the compelling scripts are just fantastic, we're doing reshoots but nothing major," he said. "The show is there."

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