EXCLUSIVE: Kim Dickens returns to ‘Treme’

A trip to New York won’t keep Kim Dickens off “Treme.”Dickens

The actress, whose character Janette Desautel decided she couldn’t take the abuse New Orleans had been handing her following Hurricane Katrina, confirmed she’ll be back as a series regular in the second season of the stellar HBO drama.

Janette, a stellar chef who ultimately couldn’t pay her bills at her Big Easy restaurant, decided that plying her trade in Gotham was, at least temporarily, the best way to go kickstart her career. In Sunday’s season one finale, we see her at the airport readying to board a flight to the Big Apple. An on-again, off-again relationship with NOLA local and city cheerleader Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) was enough to entice her to stay.

It’s no accident Dickens is one of those actresses who keeps popping in great skeins: She played prostitute Joannie Stubbs in David Milch’s Western opus “Deadwood,” Sawyer’s girlfriend who got conned in “Lost” and Matt Saracen’s long-lost mom in “Friday Night Lights.” Not a bad trifecta of shows to put on a resume. I’ll take those three any day.

Dickens would’ve had another HBO series to her credit but “12 Miles of Bad Road” was ultimately canned by the pay cabler before ever making it to air. Six episodes were shot but never shown.

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