Most of the regulars are back and, in the first episode anyway, the show is more a series of entwined family dramas. Now not only a wandering musician, but an assistant high-school band director and, by his own rueful admission, a "grown-up," Antoine is trying to keep his life from turning into Mr. Batiste's Opus, and LaDonna and her family have moved in with some snooty in-laws who already are jumping on her last nerve. The Lambreauxs' album is a hit, but Wynton Marsalis pays the music some marginally snotty compliments offstage. Meanwhile, Davis and Annie are succeeding as a couple, and as individuals. She's got a new band and he's got a new dream — an R&B opera about Katrina that "will make Puccini my bitch." Whatever.
And for fans of creator David Simon, here's Capital New York's recounting of Simon's Sept. 18 appearance at a panel sponsored by HBO and ProPublica. Topics include the death march of newspapers, blogging and Simon's own self-described "dynamic of pseudocelebrity."