A taste of New Orleans - dinner with Fox's K-Ville - TCA report
Rather than load all 200 plus members of the TCA on a plane to New Orleans, Fox decided to have a N.O.-themed party at Les Deux, a trendy restaurant in Hollywood in honor of its new series K-Ville, which has cast Anthony Anderson and Cole Hauser as cops in a post-Katrina Louisiana.
There was only man who could give me the full scoop on this series and what it will mean to New Orleans -- Times Picayune TV columnist Dave Walker
"It's incredibly complicated for me and for the people of New Orleans," says Walker, a fellow TCA member, of the provocative Fox series shooting on location. "The stakes are indescribably high. The benefit of the production in the city -- the money they're going to spend, but then there's the potential deficit to the image of the city based on the product that they actually produce."
"It's not just show business," Walker adds. "This is very important to the city. I think the central concept of the show has incredible promise. [New Orleans] is a cauldron of drama right now. But it's a depressing place to exist."
And a complicated one, too. "A colleague of mine, Chris Rose, said New Orleans isn't meant to be understood -- it's just to be lived," shares Walker, adding the police force, because of Katrina and its aftermath, is also incredibly, complicated and sophisticated an entity.
Can Liguori and Reilly, who brought edgy dramas to FX, do the same for Fox? Walker thinks so. "I'm going to try to tell my readers that the two guys who made FX and oversaw The Shield, Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck are running this network now," points out the TV columnist. "They understand how to make a show that has veracity, but at the same time is an appealing, wide-range entertainment show is. The challenge is so enormous."
How'd Fox do bringing a taste of New Orleans to the TV critics this evening?
"The music's right on," says Walker, adding with a smile, "I haven't tasted the food yet...[and] I'm here."