TREME

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Ok, so everyone and their brother thought K-Ville was a cluster, but like most New Orleanians I watched it until that dreadfull point when Anthony Anderson put Tabasco is his oatmeal. Seriously, I don't think even the Looney Tunes on death row at Angola would be ok with eating such a disgusting glob.

When I heard David Simon, creator of "The Wire" was coming to shoot a New Orleans based pilot titled "Treme", I was both elated and skeptical. The question of authenticity and respect to our city is always at mind's eye. Based on the premiere episode, I think they have both covered.

I would have to agree with some of the early reviews stating that it is the most authentic portrayal of New Orleans ever. Just in the first scene alone, the widescreen landscape is filled with second line close-ups, Mardi Gras Indian feathers bustling in the wind, a few "Bruhs" and "Right-Cheers" thrown in for good measure, along side the entrance of my favorite character thus far, "Antoine Batiste".

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ntoine, played by David Simon veteran and NOLA native Wendell Pierce, exudes a humble vulnerability with every line and every blow of his Trombone. Pierce's performance thus far is about as accurate as a Drew Brees pass.

The sounds of the show also stood out. As you can imagine, having to draw from such a huge musical catalog from a city with such history on a show named after the birthplace of New Orleans Jazz, led to quite a challenge. From Rebirth Brass Band during the second line, the glorious use of Louis Prima towards the end, I can only imagine what's to come.

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irectly contrasting Antoine Batiste, John Goodman's character "Creighton Bernette", is enjoyably passionate and rightfully combustible. I dig John as Bernette almost as much as his cult status character "Walter Sobchak". Bernette embodies the resident ideal of "why would anyone not want to live here?".

The opening titles could quite possibly be the show's only reference to gumbo, as it mixes vintage New Orleans footage with images of the aftermath of the storm, laid in between the title text whitewashed upon mildewed walls.

The anticipation for the show this past Sunday could be felt all around. Folks were having viewing parties very similar to the ones we had earlier this year. It didn't sink in for me till I watched it all by myself, how special and important this series is for NOLA. I think David Simon and HBO might have finally gotten us right. Thanks for that y'all...

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ANDREW DUHON

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