The only big surprise is that HBO took so long. The channel gave “Treme” four seasons with a much smaller audience. There are no expensive dragons or zombies or period sets or Icelandic shoots. It doesn’t employ Dustin Hoffman or Nick Nolte or Anthony Hopkins.
Early reviews were tentative, but I’ve loved the show – which depicts how an Upstate New York municipality carries on after 2% of the world’s population vanishes – from the get-go.
It’s overseen by “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof, based on the book by Tom Perrotta, who had earlier novels adapted into the movies “Election” and “Little Children.”