You can quibble or argue all you want about Treme (and here's the place to do it), but it's indisputably one of the best-acted dramas on TV these days. Apparently the TV industry doesn't agree, though, as Treme got completely hosed at this morning's announcement of the 63rd annual Emmy Awards. (Last year it got only two noms.) Veteran TV reporter Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called the omission "inexcusable."
With six actors nominated in each category, it's inexplicable how Melissa Leo and Khandi Alexander weren't both in the Best Actress in a Drama category, nor Wendell Pierce in Best Actor. And, I would argue, Phyllis Montana LeBlanc and possibly Elizabeth Ashley in the Best Supporting Actress category. (Check this article, "6 Emmy Nominations that Should Go to Treme, But Probably Won't," for more opinion.)
So: what explains a total shutout? Is the show too "inside baseball" for the tastemakers on the coasts? Is it simply not The Wire, so disgruntled David Simon fans have turned away? Or is Simon too much of a polarizing personality among the voters?
It’s time to eat up, New Orleans — to help fight cancer. Copeland’s restaurants and Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro are donating 28 percent of proceeds on Tuesday, June 28, as part of its “28 Days of Fighting Cancer.” The restaurants have been collecting donations throughout June for seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation. People who donate $1, $5 or $20 receive a link on the restaurants’ paper Chain of Hope, with those who donate $5 also receiving a yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, and people donating $20 receiving a chain link, wristband, LIVESTRONG card and $10 Copeland’s gift card.
The four-week-long campaign ends Tuesday with celebrity bartenders serving drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at local Copeland’s restaurants and Cheesecake Bistros. Drinks will be served at Copeland’s restaurants by New Orleans Saints kicker Garrett Hartley (1001 S. Clearview Pkwy., Jefferson, 620-7800; www.copelandsofneworleans.com); ABC26 reporter Glynn Boyd (1700 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 364-1575; www.copelandsofneworleans.com); Bucktown All-Stars trumpeter Ryan Thibodaux (1319 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 617-9146; www.copelandsofneworleans.com) and former Cincinnati Bengals special teams ace (and Louisiana native) Kyries Hebert (1337 Gause Blvd., Slidell, 985-643-0001; www.copelandsofneworleans.com). Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro celebrity bartenders include Treme actor Chris Bailey (4517 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 454-7620; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com) and musician Rockin’ Dopsie (2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955; www.copelandscheesecakebistro.com).
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides support for people affected by cancer and helps communities take action in the fight against cancer. The foundation has raised more than $400 million for the cause since Armstrong established it in 1997.
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Every year just after Jazz Fest is ‘Tuba Fats Tuesday’, a free music festival in the Historic Treme sponsored by a collective of neighborhood folks that call themselves Sixth Ward International. Please come out and help us celebrate the life and music of the musical genius that raised and nurtured so many of our city’s top brass band musicians.
Where: Tuba Fats Square c/o of St. Philip and Robertson next to The Candlelight Bar
5pm : Sixth Ward International (local and international musicians)
6pm : Shannon Powell and the Treme Rollers
7pm : Rebirth Brass Band
9pm : AFTER PARTY Treme Brass Band with special guests
Admission is Free
The signing came a day after the HBO series recreated a certain "2007 music festival" at the Fair Grounds to film for an upcoming episode. "That was a lot of fun. It went well for us onstage," Peters, who performed for the filming, told Gambit. "It was a pretend Jazz Fest, so we didn’t have the full ambiance of the festival, but for our tent and our scene, it felt very much like I would imagine how it feels to perform at Jazz Fest."
"This is my first time settling, staying here for a significant amount of time. It really opens your heart (living here), because you become friends with people, you have your market that you shop at regularly and people know you," she said. "Once they get over the initial shock of meeting you in person, then you just become part of the family. Southern hospitality is real — they really take you in and treat you as one of their own, and that has been unbelievable to experience."
From anecdotal experience, it seems being an extra on Treme involves a lot of standing around at weird hours of the night, grabbing as much free food as possible from the craft services table, and hearing producers tell Davis Rogan over and over again to go home, because he is not an actual cast member (nah, I just made up that last part). But this seems way more fun: on Tuesday, May 3, the team behind the HBO series is re-creating a "2007 outdoor music festival" (likely Jazz Fest) for the show, and they need "festival-goers."
They're totally committing to this: Fake Jazz Fest will include performances by Wanda Rouzan, Donald Harrison and Treme cast members Clarke Peters (Albert Lambreaux) and Rob Brown (Delmond Lambreaux). There will also be free food, and raffles and giveaways with loot including a 43-inch plasma TV, Treme DVD box sets, CDs and more.
The daylong shoot starts at 8 a.m. and is happening rain or shine. Participants are asked to bring "festival gear" such as chairs and hats and to remember that this is supposed to be 2007: so no Obama, Super Bowl stuff or that William and Kate commemorative T-shirt you've been wearing all day. You'll probably be expected to flail around and clap off-rhythm like a normal festival-goer.
A flyer with more details, including a phone number to call for information, is after the jump.
In other Treme news, some cast members from the show will be at the Louisiana Music Factory Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. to sign copies of the show's season 1 DVDs. Some of the actors expected to attend include Wendell Pierce (Antoine Batiste), Steve Zahn (Davis McAlary), Khandi Alexander (LaDonna Batiste-Williams), Clarke Peters, Rob Brown and Kermit Ruffins.
Season Two of HBO’s ‘Treme’ will feature The Hot 8 Brass Band, their music and their post Katrina hardships. Hot 8 band leader and founder Bennie Pete shares details about his experience working on the show.
“We got a call (from HBO) for the first season but we weren’t too enthused about the offers," recalls Pete. "It didn’t come off right the first time. Then during their off season, I got a call from (show producer) David Simon. He said he was a fan of the band and wanted to talk about having us on next season. He apologized about the initial contact not hitting it off. He came to one of our gigs and we worked everything out.”
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First it was Saints season, then Hornets season, and now it's time for Treme season. The second season of David Simon's HBO series starts this Sunday, beginning a year after the levee failures. Whether you like it or not, all of your co-workers and friends will be blurting out episode spoilers on Mondays, so you should probably tune in. Don't have HBO? Plenty of bars around town screen the show, usually with food and drink specials — and no fancy cable bill for you. Here are a few bars hosting screenings. If you know of any others, tell us in the comments!
Buffa's Restaurant and Lounge (1001 Esplanade Ave.; 949-0038) recently added a "huge" hi-def TV to its back room, where it will host weekly screenings with food and drink specials.
Over at the Bridge Lounge (1201 Magazine St., 299-1888), the bar offers a $5 buffet during its screenings, when there are also happy hour drink specials. If the Treme buffet is anything like the one the bar has on trivia nights, I would highly recommend partaking.
The Country Club (634 Louisa St., 945-0742; www.thecountryclubneworleans.com) might be the only place to offer a poolside viewing. Besides screening the show on its 11-foot poolside projection screen, there are also two big-screen TVs and another projection screen inside the bar and restaurant. The restaurant offers a small menu of sandwiches and burgers for the event. There's no cost to watch inside, but it's $7 to access the clothing optional pool area after 5 p.m.
The Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave., 945-4446) plays the show on its high-def big screen for its second season premiere party. The event also features a raffle of a piece of art featured in the show. Raffle tickets are $5.
In today's Slate, the reliably excellent Justin Vogt takes a look at "David Simon's strange spat with Mayor Mitch Landrieu" in a good summation of the entire house-demolishin', unopened-letter-claimin', fight-it-out-in-the-nola.com-comments-section imbroglio. It's an interesting read, with Vogt calling Landrieu "a talented, popular politician who nonetheless is prone to being defensive and a bit thin-skinned" and Treme creator Simon "an artist who had gone out of his way to avoid offending New Orleanian sensibilities (and vanities), who had asked forgiveness for any of his narrative transgressions, whose production had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities in the city — was cast as just another Yankee outsider who didn't get it."
One thing Vogt didn't mention is that show producers Simon and Eric Overmyer will be honored as Ambassadors of New Orleans Music next Monday at Gambit's Big Easy Awards, and the man scheduled to present Simon with his award is ... Landrieu. We're predicting a very public rapprochement.
HBO released this video to promote David Simon's Treme, the second season of which starts April 24. It's good for New Orleans musicians to get some extra exposure at Austin's South by Southwest. Footage here comes from a Treme parade and showcase with bands featured in season one. As for the parade skills of SXSW attendees, you be the judge.
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