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David Simon Wants 'Treme' To End After Season 4: Report

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 4th 2011 4:15PM
Well here's a treasure trove of news for 'Treme' fans. NOLA.com reported Monday that Season 3 of HBO's post-Katrina New Orleans drama has started filming, is adding two two new characters to the cast, and perhaps most notably, that series creator David Simon has told HBO he's written the show to go through Season 4.

According to the report, Simon recently sent HBO a memo saying that he and his writing team have plotted out the stories they want to tell, and how long it will take them to get there. The report speculates that four seasons may not be enough time to tell the stories of the Saints 2009 Super Bowl win as well as the BP Oil Spill, but with Simon & co., anything is possible.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Kurt Sutter Rails Against Emmy Nominations

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 15th 2011 4:50AM
Kurt Sutter and Katey SagalWhen the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced yesterday there were some surprises and some snubs. And don't say we didn't warn you: One guy who's not taking being snubbed lying down is 'Sons of Anarchy' creator, Kurt Sutter.

He's been letting it rip via a series of potty-mouthed posts on Twitter since the nominations were announced.

Despite predicting on Wednesday that 'Sons of Anarchy' wouldn't be nominated -- "Tomorrow morning I'll be the fat kid who didn't get picked to play" -- the lack of nods still seems to have annoyed Sutter.

He wrote, "Best part of not getting an emmy nod. now i don't have to pretend i give a s**t about the profiteering d*****bag academy ... because you know if we were nominated i'd be all humble and blowing smoke up their asses. now i can stay true to myself and just be a d**k."

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Attorney General Eric Holder Demands 'The Wire' Return for Sixth Season

by Alex Moaba, posted Jun 1st 2011 1:15PM
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder took a break from prosecuting terrorists and white collar criminals to plead for more episodes of 'The Wire,' the critically acclaimed Baltimore crime drama from Ed Burns and David Simon. Holder said he'd also settle for a movie.

Speaking at an Interagency Drug Endangered Children Task Force event, Holder made his demands clear, according to the Washington Examiner.

Holder joked: "I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, do another season of 'The Wire.' I want another season, or a movie. I have a lot of power." As cool as more 'Wire' episodes would be, the power of the executive branch is limited. We suggest Mr. Holder get into David Simon's most recent TV work, 'Treme'.

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HBO Renews 'Treme' for Third Season

by Alex Moaba, posted May 13th 2011 6:15PM
EW's Inside TV is reporting that HBO has renewed 'Treme' for a third season. Former HBO executive Carolyn Strauss famously said she was "in the David Simon business" when he pitched her 'Treme,' and although she's no longer with the network, it's clear that the game remains the same.

The news is a great sign for fans of the the gritty, post-Katrina New Orleans drama. HBO gave Simon's last show, 'The Wire,' five seasons to grow into a compelling examination of poverty and the drug war in Baltimore, and they appear to be applying that some patience to 'Treme.' Season two has already seen Simon and Eric Overmyer delve further into crime, the police, and reconstruction profiteering in New Orleans; another season will afford them even more opportunity to bring other aspects of the city's machinery to life.

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'Treme' Season 2 Premiere Recap

by Alex Moaba, posted Apr 24th 2011 11:40PM
['Treme' Season 2 Premiere: 'Accentuate the Positive']

The second season of 'Treme' opens on All Saints Day, set to the somber sound of a struggling trumpet being played by a lonely kid trying to teach himself to play. It's fourteen months after Hurricane Katrina, and the show's characters are all at different stages of piecing their lives back together. Some have left New Orleans, chasing opportunity in other cities or chased out by broken roofs, but most are hanging in there, trying to make things work in their struggling hometown.

The direction David Simon may be trying to take the show's second season emerges early on. Sonny's getting a drink at a strip-club when two gunmen walk in and start firing, hitting five people and killing one. It's a scene that could have happened at Avon Barksdale's Orlando's in Baltimore, and offers a clue about where 'Treme' is going: in the vacuum of progress, stability and order, violent crime is spiking in the city, yet another obstacle added to the many already threatening New Orleans' attempt at recovery.

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Review: 'Treme' Paints a Compelling Portrait of New Orleans in Season 2

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 21st 2011 1:00PM
The first season of 'Treme' (10PM ET Sunday, HBO) was a mixed bag, to put it mildly. Some story lines, most notably one featuring Khandi Alexander and Melissa Leo, were terrific. Others, especially a story line involving a druggie street musician named Sonny, made me want to put a fork in someone's eye.

Though some of the show's more annoying aspects, including its tendency toward lecturing and hectoring, were toned down as the first season wound down, I still approached the season 2 DVDs with a degree of wariness. Which side of 'Treme' would be more in evidence this year? Would we get a pedantic, condescending show obsessed with its own narrow definition of "the real New Orleans," or an emotionally nuanced, subtle portrait of complicated people trying to piece together their post-Katrina lives?

The good news is, this season, the latter aspect of 'Treme' is definitely winning this season. Some aspects of this show work better than others, but, in its generally excellent second season, the drama has cohered into a compelling, if sprawling, portrait of the Crescent City.

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'The Wire' and 'Treme' Creator, David Simon, Awarded "Genius" Grant

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 28th 2010 9:15AM
David SimonFans of 'The Wire' have hailed him as a genius for years, but now it's official. It was announced Tuesday that David Simon is among 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation $500,000 "Genius" Grants.

As reported by Reuters, Chicago's John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled its annual list of scientists, scholars, artists and musicians surprised with the no-strings-attached stipends to be paid over five years. Simon's fellow recipients this year include a high school science teacher, a marble sculptor, a marine biologist and a calligrapher.

In a statement, Daniel Socolow, Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, said that, "These are women and men improving, protecting, and making our world a better place for us all. This program was designed for such people -- designed to provide an extra measure of freedom, visibility, and opportunity,"

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'Treme' - 'I'll Fly Away' Recap (Season Finale)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Jun 21st 2010 6:20AM
Treme season finale (S01E10) The season finale of 'Treme' certainly had a good bit of "daddy" issues infused into it, so it's fitting that it aired on Father's Day.

As with 'The Wire,' David Simon finished the season with a fantastic episode that wrapped up continuing story lines and started entirely new ones. I laughed (at Davis and Antoine), I cried (for Toni and LaDonna), and I heard some amazing music from the New Orleans greats we've met during the past nine episodes.

I know a few of you wondered whether Creighton really died after his mysterious "now you see him, now you don't" moment on the ferry. But now we know for sure, and what an emotional, well-executed scene it was when the detectives tell Toni his body was found in the river. The way we hear Sofia's screams as the detectives leave the Bernette house is heartbreaking and raw, and provides a perfect contrast to Toni's controlled, understated response.

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'Treme' Some Tough TV to Watch

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:31AM


I am one of those people you meet at parties who tries to convince you to rent 'The Wire', and may even offer to loan you my DVD sets if you seem interested. I might not know your name, but give me your address and I'll drop them by, possibly with some handwritten notes about my favourite moments.

You've met people like me, I'm sure. And right now, people like me are trying to figure out if the new show from the creator of 'The Wire' is going to be as important to us. In case you missed the hype, it's called 'Treme' (pronounced 'Tray-may') and it's set in New Orleans about three months after Hurricane Katrina.

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'Treme' Some Tough TV to Watch

by Stephanie Earp, posted Apr 27th 2010 10:31AM


I am one of those people you meet at parties who tries to convince you to rent 'The Wire', and may even offer to loan you my DVD sets if you seem interested. I might not know your name, but give me your address and I'll drop them by, possibly with some handwritten notes about my favourite moments.

You've met people like me, I'm sure. And right now, people like me are trying to figure out if the new show from the creator of 'The Wire' is going to be as important to us. In case you missed the hype, it's called 'Treme' (pronounced 'Tray-may') and it's set in New Orleans about three months after Hurricane Katrina.

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David Simon's Dad Dies at 89

by Laura Prudom, posted Apr 22nd 2010 2:45PM
Bernard Simon, father of HBO showrunner David Simon (pictured), has died of natural causes at the age of 89, the Washington Post is reporting.

After starting his career as a reporter for various New Jersey dailies, Mr. Simon served as public relations director of B'nai B'rith, the international Jewish service organization, for over 30 years, continuing to work at the company in varying positions into the '90s.

He died Tuesday at his home in Olney, his son confirmed.

Best known for creating acclaimed HBO shows 'The Wire' and 'Treme,' David Simon spoke fondly of his father in an email to the Post, reminiscing about Mr. Simon's character when his father was in the midst of editing his first book, 'Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. "He tried to systematically delete every single profanity, even those in quotes. He could never be as blunt as the world often is," he recalled.

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'Treme' - 'Meet De Boys on the Battlefront' Recap

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Apr 19th 2010 1:10AM
(S01E02) The second episode of 'Treme' may not appease the commenters who complained last week about the show's lack of action, but for those who appreciate the series' atmosphere, music, and admittedly slow (but detailed) character development, this was a big step forward.

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'Treme' - 'Do You Know What It Means' Recap (Series Premiere)

by Sandie Angulo Chen, posted Apr 12th 2010 9:26AM
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(S01E01) The opening title cards of David Simon's new HBO series 'Treme' (pronounced "treh-MAY," not "treem") tells you all you need to know: "New Orleans, Louisiana"/"Three Months After." I suppose Simon is saying that if you need to ask what "After" refers to (Hurricane Katrina, of course), then you shouldn't bother. Simon, the writer-producer-creator of 'The Wire' is back, and there isn't a 'Wire' fan alive who wouldn't want to see what he has up his genius sleeve for us this time.

Right away, the shots are close-ups of various jazz musicians, residents and cops preparing for a brass-band parade. There's a funny conversation with a musician negotiating his fee for participating in the main line, and then the parade starts, with its accompanying crowd of reveling second liners.

Late to the parade, because he can't afford the cab fare (a running gag throughout the episode), is perpetually broke trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce, a New Orleans native), who starts playing with a cry of "Play for that money boys, play for that motherf---ing money."

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An Interview Turns Heated on 'Treme' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 12th 2010 4:40AM
Treme, John GoodmanAn interview turns heated on 'Treme' (Sun., 10PM ET on HBO), the new HBO show from Eric Overmyer and David Simon. Who says New Orleans isn't a great city? Don't tell Creighton Bernette that!

And isn't it awesome to see John Goodman back in a series? We've missed you, John!

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Treme' Gets Up Close and Personal

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Apr 9th 2010 1:36PM


When dealing with serious and potentially flammable subject matter, especially something as cataclysmic as 2005's Hurricane Katrina, a TV show has to tread carefully. 'Treme', a 10-episode HBO miniseries focusing on post-Katrina New Orleans, does not tread at all. Instead, it dives deep under the floodwaters and resurfaces with the corpses of those dead and gone -- lest we forget the immense tragedy that unfolded there.

Where most shows would exploit the exploitable (the riots, the pillaging, images of dying or dead people, the Dome), 'Treme' takes a raw look at the aftermath through a series of vignettes. The viewer follows different families and individuals as they try to put the pieces back together. Sometimes those pieces are tangible, like the rotting structure of a flood-damaged home, and sometimes they're purely emotional, like the trauma caused by a relative missing for months.

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