TrakFan wrote:I saw the first episode and wasn't blown away, ala Tru Blood. I plan to stick it out since it could be a slow burner
... that could have been said about the first episode of "The Wire" as well - and "The Wire" was hands down the best series I have ever watched on TV. Every character a hero and a villain; no easy answers or solutions. (Simon nailed the street vernacular - and accents, on occasion- of Baltimore, along with the abject ineffectiveness of the organizations "designed" to help)
If "Treme" turns out to be half as good, it's worth it to follow along.
Milch has a new show in production with HBO called Luck. It will be directed by Michael Mann and stars Dustin Hoffman. It's about gambling on horses. Supposedly it's an idea he's been working on for 35 years and based on personal experience. So that might be good. If not, HBO has another drama about gambling called Boardwalk Empire that's supposed to start this year. That one's written by former Sopranos co-writer Terence Winter, starring Steve Buscemi and directed by Martin Scorsese. So hopefully they're getting back to where they used to be.
Cancelling Deadwood was unforgivable, even if the third year lagged. Cancelling Carnivale wasn't much better either. There was talk of a couple of TV movies to wrap Deadwood up, but they ain't happening. I think historically there was a big fire in the town, so it's a shame, as that could have been interesting.
I think the final seasons of The Wire and The Sopranos were as strong as any they did.
It should come as no surprise that I've been following Treme from the beginning. I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of musicians who are playing themselves. Needless to say, I know a lot of these guys, some of they very well, having been in their weddings. HBO did a good job of getting the subtleties right, and the snooty attitude that serious south Louisiana jazz men have about playing on Bourbon Street really hit home. As a matter of fact, I can't think of a single gig that any of my friends has ever done on Bourbon Street, or at least they didn't tell me about it.
The Oliver Thomas bit was surreal. HBO actually waited for him to get out of prison so that he could play himself during the time frame right before he went to prison. Does anyone know of any other convicted felon who was given an acting role playing himself/herself?