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The third season of Treme reintroduces Ladonna (Khandi Alexander) at her bar, Gigi's, smiling as afternoon light streams in through the dirty windows. It's a familiar sight for anyone who caught the inaugural run of David Simon and Eric Overmyer's ode to post-Katrina New Orleans -- but entirely foreign to anyone who watched in 2011, when the character was beaten and gang-raped in that same room. Ladonna spent the subsequent episodes a shell of her former self and neutered of the spark and levity she added to a series that so often dwells on the bleak. Story: 'Treme' Renewed

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