Treme' Review: Guest stars and 'Shame, Shame, Shame'

Lots happened on Treme last night. Lots happens every week on Treme - the series' carefully modulated rhythms, meant to echo that of the music that engulfs the show, can often lull you into thinking the drama is meandering when in fact it's coursing along with vigor.

Guest stars and cameos were notable for being a cut above the usual oh-look-there's-a-famous-face. Tim Reid played a tough but fair-minded judge. Reid, best known as Venus Flytrap on WKRP in Cincinnati, was the co-creator (with Hugh Wilson) of the 1987-88 dramedy Frank's Place, a beautiful mood-piece set in New Orleans that never got the audience it deserved. It makes complete sense that Treme's David Simon might have admired that show, and invited Reid on to allow us to make connections between two rare New Orleans shows that play against cultural stereotypes.

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