Tuesday, 11 May 2010
The Wire? If so, are you as excited about Treme – David Simon's new show set around music in post-Katrina New Orleans – as I am? Named after the district in New Orleans that has historically been the centre of jazz in the city, the show incorporates some of the same actors as The Wire. Wendell Pierce, who played Bunk in The Wire, is now Antoine Baptiste, a brilliant trombonist with an eye for the ladies. Clarke Peters, who played miniature-carving detective Lester Freamon, is now a Mardi Gras Indian chief. This brilliant article from The Observer, written on set at recent filming, tells us that the show is optimistic and celebratory, which is a change of direction from Simon's depictions of futility in the Wire. (I love how, in the piece, one critic describes compares watching the Wire with reading Dante in 14th-century Italian.) Having recently started showing in the US and immediately been granted the go-ahead to film a second series, there is no set date for the show to come to the UK, yet. Sort it out, programmers!