That’s about all I can muster in summation ofÂ Simon’s previous collaboration with HBO. The Wire‘s five season’s of brilliance has been heavily documented by many. Retreading the same praise would be tedious. Suffice to say, I believe that show was better than:
-6 Wedding cakes
-Jesus Christ on ecstacy
-An Olympic-sized ball-pit
I could go on like this,Â further supporting the argument of just how much I enjoy sherbet, but instead I’ll offer some tidbits of information on Simon and HBO’s next union. The show is called Treme and whereas The Wire took on the city of Baltimore as a main character, Treme tackles the formidable city of New Orleans as its lead.
This is from an HBO press release. Apparently the new show follows “…ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.”
I know it’s dangerous to hype up a show like this (one that strives to tackle simple moments in the life of a unique city – which is much less immediately gripping than the web of GNAR-GNAR that composed The Wire) but what am I supposed to do? Not get excited?
For a show-runner like Simon (one who values location and place on nearly-equal terms with character and plot) to choose New Orleans is a simple stroke of genius. One that is so obvious it’s hard to call it genius. Right now you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fascinating city to explore. Even before the hurricane, New Orleans was a city filled to the brim with character and life. Right now, in it’s current state of flux, Simon has some real meat to sink his teeth into.
If Simon’s involvement isn’t enough, here’s a little somethin- something on the cast: Wendell Pierce (â€œThe Wire,â€ HBOâ€™s documentary â€œWhen the Levees Brokeâ€) as Antoine Batiste; Khandi Alexander (â€œCSI: Miami,â€ HBOâ€™s EmmyÂ®-winning â€œThe Cornerâ€) as LaDonna Batiste-Williams; Clarke Peters (â€œDamages,â€ HBOâ€™s â€œThe Wireâ€ and â€œThe Cornerâ€) as Albert Lambreaux; Rob Brown (â€œStop-Loss,â€ â€œFinding Forresterâ€) as Delmond Lambreaux; Steve Zahn (â€œA Perfect Getaway,â€ â€œSunshine Cleaningâ€) as Davis McAlary; Kim Dickens (HBOâ€™s â€œDeadwoodâ€) as Janette Desautel; Melissa Leo (â€œHomicide: Life on the Streetâ€; OscarÂ® nominee for â€œFrozen Riverâ€) as Toni Bernette; John Goodman (â€œThe Big Lebowski,â€ â€œO Brother, Where Art Thou?â€) as Creighton Bernette; Michiel Huisman (â€œThe Young Victoriaâ€) as Sonny; and classical violinist Lucia Micarelli as Annie.
John Goodman is enough to get me on-board just about anything and to see him share the screen with so many cast-members from The Wire seals the deal.