"Well, they won't be saying it after they watch it," Overmyer insisted.
"Treme is a neighborhood near the French Quarter. It's ... called the Faubourg Tremé, where American music and American culture were born," he said. "And we felt it stood for a state of mind and a part of the city that didn't show up usually in projects about New Orleans. The show is not about that neighborhood, but it's about that musical spirit.
"We talked about putting the accent over the last 'e,' but it seemed sort of fussy. So we figured people would catch up with it sooner or later."
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When: Sunday, 11 p.m.
Also: The premiere runs approximately 80 minutes; future episodes air in one-hour time slots.