Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

'Treme' Trailer Unrevealing, Yet Tantalizing

I will now say a few sacrilicious things about the new trailer for David Simon's "Treme." First, this doesn't tell me anything, and it's loaded with (admittedly amazing-looking) New Orleans cliches. (Jazz funerals! Trombones!) Second, it makes me both miss "True Blood" and wish "True Blood" was better. That aside? If this puts Katrina and New Orleans-the real story of America-back into the "national conversation" again finally, then David Simon deserves a Nobel and an Oscar and an Emmy and maybe a Peabody. Also some award that I will make up and decoupage and mail to him.

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Other points in favor of "yeah, they know what they're doing": the presence of John Goodman(!).

CheeseLouise (#2,074)

Goodman's character is based on one of the most outspoken advocates for and passionate lovers of New Orleans, Dr. Ashley Morris, who tragically died far too young in April of 2008. Morris was a huge "Wire" fan and became a friend of Simon's through the Wire's great "New Package" blog (http://newpackage.wordpress.com/), and Simon eventually wrote his character into Treme.

More on the Morris/Simon relationship from the Chicago Tribune here: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2008/06/david-simon-pay.html

deepomega (#1,720)

I want to eat this trailer so it will live inside me forever. Is that weird?

cuiveen (#370)

Fuck did I do?

En Vague (#82)

Always giving a fuck when it's not your turn.

mike d (#61)

I wonder how much of this is Simon versus Wendell Pierce ("Bunk" Moreland), who is from New Orleans and I think I remember doing post-Katrina fund-raising.

Either way, I'll spring for some feathers and glitter for the decoupage.

Bunk's in this, I believe. He plays a tromboner.

crookedE (#1,817)

So is Lester Freamon. *sigh* Am so excited for this.

rj77 (#210)

Wait. This has Khandi Alexander, Melissa Leo, AND Steve Zahn? Holy shit.

audrey (#1,332)

Everyone knows that Treme is David Simon's cynical bid for an EGOT.

rj77 (#210)

So does this qualify for a Grammy or a Tony?

NinetyNine (#98)

They still very frequently have 'jazz funerals,' right? Shouldn't someone tell them they are cliched and to stop?

Kakapo (#2,312)

Thank you. Yes, yes they do. And you are likely to encounter a trombone within minutes of being in the city. I don't think anyone who knows and loves that city would find anything cliched in that trailer. My first thought was that they might have actually gotten it right, which I have not seen done.

buzzorhowl (#992)

While I agree with your take on the entire thing, Poppy Z. Brite is fucking furious about how the camera crews are conducting themselves in NOLA (http://docbrite.livejournal.com/716467.html), and she's not the only one (http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1269238859296010.xml&coll=1). All of which gives me pause.

But who am I kidding? I will still devour this show like it's a burrito made of pure heaven.

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