If you are looking to read up more on “Treme,” here is a lengthy profile on co-creator David Simon from last week’s New York Magazine that I missed until this morning.
David Simon hates being pegged as angry, but it’s his fury—and passion and empathy—that made The Wire into such transcendent TV. Now, with Treme, he’s moved from postindustrial Baltimore to post-Katrina New Orleans, his irascibility very much intact.
“Treme” premieres this Sunday on HBO, and GQ writer Tom Carson makes me excited that creator David Simon has made a worthy follow up to “the greatest television drama in history.”
After writer-creator David Simon’s bleak take on Baltimore in the most epochal cop show ever, The Wire, you may wonder what the deal is with Simon’s smitten view of New Orleans in his new series, Treme. Pronounced “truh-may,” after the Crescent City nabe where it’s filmed, this HBO drama of interwoven lives in Katrina’s aftermath features a rambunctious crew of jazzmen and restaurateurs, not detectives and crooks—and in a laconic way, it’s almost, jeez, hopeful. But what was he supposed to do for an encore, think of even better reasons why we should all give up?
What made The Wire epochal, after all, was that it turned a gritty police procedural into the most thorough indictment of a dysfunctional society this side of Bernie Madoff ‘s rap sheet. By the show’s final season, towing Maryland out to sea and sinking it would have seemed like an act of mercy. Because nihilism isn’t really Simon’s thing, looking for something he could have a little faith in was a logical next step.
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The latest trailer for “Treme” (pronounced “tre-may”) debuted earlier this week but just got around to being posted on YouTube. And it actually has some people and action in it. And Bunk! And Freamon! And Steve Zahn from the movies!
Looking forward to it.
A long but informative interview with David Simon from last December. It mostly addresses “The Wire” but touches a little bit on his upcoming series “Treme.” I’ll try not to focus too much on “The Wire” since not everyone just finished the series like me, but between “Generation Kill” and “The Wire” I am fascinated by the man right now.
David Simon is responsible for one of the greatest feats of storytelling of the past century, and that’s the entire five-season run of the television series The Wire. If that sounds like hyperbole to you, then you haven’t watched the show yet. It is the most intricate web of character, motivation, insight, action, repercussion, and emotion that’s ever been on TV, and it rivals the grand novels of the late 19th century, when novels actually, regularly, had scope. More hyperbole, but there you go. I and most of its fans are to The Wire as a Christian is to Christ or a junkie is to dope. It’s basically A FUCKING GOD. Too much hyperbole there, maybe. But you’re getting the point, right?
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From the creators of “The Wire” (which I just finished last night and am still digesting but I am pretty sure it is the best show I’ve ever seen on TV) comes “Treme,” a new dramatic series based in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina. Freamon and Bunk from “The Wire” both star (awesome!), along with Steve Zahn and Khandi Alexander. I can’t wait.
The series premieres on April 11. Read more here.