A New Series for the Thugz?

David Simon, creator of The Wire and Homicide, announced plans to shoot an HBO pilot of Treme, about the New Orleans neighborhood of that name. New Orleans is unfortunately rife with material for a crime drama. As Simon tells the Times-Picayune, the show would explore “political corruption, the public housing controversy, the crippled criminal-justice system, clashes between police and Mardi Gras Indians, and the struggle to regain the tourism industry after the storm.” If HBO picks up the series, will New Orleaneans respond to its depiction of their city’s often shocking post-Katrina underbelly as negatively as many Indians did to Slumdog Millionaire, or will the accompanying economy boost help smooth things over? Maybe the Thugz will weigh in on this one as well. [%comments]

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  1. Christopher says:

    As a resident of New Orleans, I can say that thus far most people down here are excited about the series. Not just to have a series shooting in New Orleans, but because of the content as its been described.

    As long as its not pandering to the clichés that a lot of New Orleans-based shows and movies have, it’ll be well received. We don’t mind painting parts of our city in a bad light- as long as its honest.

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  2. Giraffe says:

    awesome

    can he tackle violent Mexican gangs next? (the guys who cut off heads)

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  3. chappy says:

    Hmm. I loved The Wire, but it didn’t really seem to boost the Baltimore economy.

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  4. Marco says:

    The fact of the matter is that parts of New Orleans are still desolate and uninhabited. It will be four years this August 2009 since the flood destroyed much of the housing in parts of the city that were home to many of the city’s multi-generational families. The city is still NOT OK. I will watch the show if HBO picks it up. Most of the rest of this country has forgotten about the city, that is until they hear about the murder rate or want to go to Jazzfest. If the The Wire shows the rest of the country what New Orleans is really about then it will be good for the city and the country. I wish David Simon the best in trying to do this.

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  5. Kevin says:

    ‘…the show would explore “political corruption, the public housing controversy, the crippled criminal-justice system, clashes between police and Mardi Gras Indians, and the struggle to regain the tourism industry after the storm.”’

    Sounds like quite a lighthearted romp.

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  6. Keith says:

    The Wire is one of the greatest dramas in American history. What I loved about the show is the fact that Simon looked into the underbelly of the urban jungle and didn’t flinch, telling a true-to-life story in which it was sometimes hard to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys.

    I’m excited to hear that he’s going to New Orleans for his next series. I hope HBO picks it up.

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  7. Z says:

    Simon’s an interesting guy and I’d imagine Treme will deliver — though I doubt it will eclipse the sublimity of The Wire.

    He testified on Capitol Hill yesterday about the state of the newspaper industry. I saw this post on the NewsHour website and they have some interesting video clips of him — both about about his upcoming show and about his views on the news business. I also heard that he and Ariana Huffington had some heated exchanges…

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2009/05/new-david-simon-drama-will-depict-life-in-post-katrina-new-orleans.html

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  8. Ben says:

    Treme is shaping up to be an excellent series.
    He’s partly chosen it as a location to give the economy a little help.
    http://www.tremefansite.com for anybody interested…

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