A Minnesota native, actor Steve Zahn lives with his wife and kids on some land near Lexington, Ky. For almost the entire past year, Zahn ("Reality Bites," "Rescue Dawn," "Sunshine Cleaning," "That Thing You Do!") lived in New Orleans, where he brought a character largely based on musician-disc jockey Davis Rogan to life. "Now I'm driving kids to school and cleaning hooves," said Zahn by phone after "Treme's" season wrapped in late April. "The irony of the whole thing is that I'm not some hip urban dude at all." In the first season of "Treme," which returns from a Memorial Day weekend hiatus with a new episode tonight (June 6) at 9 on HBO, Zahn plays a character most viewers found immediately irritating. To Read More Click Here .
Entwined mothers Toni Bernette and LaDonna Batiste-Williams crossed a threshold during the most recent episode of "Treme," when the search for LaDonna's lost brother Daymo ended in Carville in a temporary morgue assembled by FEMA to process Katrina dead. Surrounded by boxy refrigerator trucks housing bodies -- the array resembling the New Orleans cemetery in an adjoining scene -- LaDonna understandably buckled under the weight of the discovery in that haunting setting. To Read More Click Here .
Former Mayor Ray Nagin, a target of considerablecriticism for his administration's handling of the Katrina aftermath,isn't shown in the latest "Treme" episode. But he figures prominently - though not in a flattering way - in the storyline. At one point, Creighton Bernette, the outspoken Tulane Universityprofessor played by John Goodman, is none too pleased when his teenagedaughter recites a McAlary campaign slogan: Vote for me, I ain't fakin'. I won't lose my s--t like Mayor Nagin.Â This isn't funny,Â the Goodman character says. What's happening inNew Orleans now is not a joke. We're fighting for our lives, our way oflife. People are dying. People are homeless. People are stuck all overthe place. They can't get back. Everything is not a joke all the time.Â To Read More Click Here .
Jacques Morial isn't the only familiar face who pops up on the TremeÂ Episode which aired on May 16 installment, which delves deeply into local politics for the first time. Kristin Gisleson Palmer, the City Council's newly installed District Crepresentative, appears in three scenes, including one where shedelivers a single line of dialogue. Though she's never identified, it's clear that, like Morial, she is portraying herself. Palmer ran unsuccessfully for the District C post in 2006 during the city's first post-Katrina elections, which are being woven into the TremeÂ narrative. She lost a runoff to lawyer James Carter, who has anonspeaking cameo visible only to the most attentive viewers. AfterCarter decided not to seek a second term this year, Palmer won theoffice in February. To Read More Click Here .
Throughout three decades on the local political stage, Jacques Morial, the son of the city's first African-American mayor and brother of its third, has mostly chosen to stay behind the curtain. But on episode 6, the battle-tested strategist stepped front and center for a prime-time cameo on HBO's Treme,Â the episodic drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Morial's time on camera was an art-imitates-life moment as he delivered unvarnished advice to Davis McAlary, the irrepressible deejay and musician portrayed by Steve Zahn who has decided to make a no-shot run for the City Council's District C seat, which represents the Treme area. The scene, filmed in the Apple Barrel Bar in Faubourg Marigny, opens as McAlary and a supporter huddle with Morial to outline the campaign's pot for potholesÂ proposal to legalize marijuana sales and use the taxes on them to fix the city's crumbling streets. To Read More Click Here .
Creighton Bernette, John Goodman's character on the critically acclaimed HBO drama 'Treme,' is one of many voices trying to be heard in the screaming deafness of post-Katrina New Orleans. His undying passion and tremendous adversity to help himself, his family and his community to return to the way things were before the storm prompts him to scream until his vocal chords bleed. He weaves common sense solutions and heartfelt sentiments around a string of obscenities, aimed at a world that refuses to put politics aside for the people they are supposed to serve and protect. His voice, however, is not entirely his own. To Read More Click Here .
Hi folks. I was out of town last night and had to catch this momentous 'Treme' episode on DVR. I thought it was excellent but heartbreaking. It was building up to the inevitable from the moment Creighton assigned Kate Chopin's 1899 'The Awakening' to his freshman lit class. The controversial French Creole protagonist, Edna Pontellier, after leaving her husband and children only to discover her lover has also left, tragically swims out in the Gulf of Mexico and drowns. Even if you didn't read the book, Creighton and his students make it obvious that something depressing happens in the story, with Creighton affirming that Edna was searching for Truth. Sadly, because of all the clues -- a depressed Creighton pretending to type when Sophia talks to him, giving his daughter and wife an exaggeratedly upbeat good-bye that morning, dismissing his class early to traipse around some of his favorite New Orleans' haunts, leaving Annie a $20 tip -- it came as no surprise when Creighton is shown at the side of the riverboat in one shot and then is mysteriously gone in the next. Rest in peace, Creigh; we shall miss you dearly. Creighton's suicide -- after an afternoon of lovely, essentially New Orleans moments -- had been foreshadowed for weeks, now, especially last episode when he uncharacteristically "quits" Mardi Gras. It's a shame, shame, shame, and I have no idea how Toni and Sophia will respond next episode. It's going to be brutal. Read More
Watch a sneak peek of the new episode of the HBO original series TREME "Wish Someone Would Care" Episode 9 which airs in SUNDAY, June 13 (10:00-11:20 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Episode Synopsis: Davis (Steve Zahn) concocts a remedy for the post-Mardi Gras blues; Annie makes a decision that Sonny takes personally; Janette's (Kim Dickens) latest chef's gig gets bogged down; Antoine (Wendell Pierce) becomes LaDonna's unexpected benefactor; Colson (David Morse) warns Albert to avoid trouble on St. Joseph's night; Creighton is inspired by a classic novel set in old New Orleans. Source & Preview
"Treme" is two episodes away from the first season finale but things are still complicated between Annie and Sonny. The ninth episode of the 10-episode season will see Annie making a "decision" and Sonny telling her, "Either you're with me or you're not." In the mean time, Davis concocts a remedy for the blues to cure the postmortem depression. Antoine becomes LaDonna's unexpected benefactor and Colson warns Albert to avoid trouble. Creighton is inspired by a classic novel. Called "Wish Someone Would Care", the episode airs Sunday, June 13 at 10/9c. Next week, the series will be accompanied by the third season of "True Blood" at 9/8c. Recently it was reported that "Treme" is ineligible to enter the music categories at Emmys despite its genre. The theme song "Treme Song" by John Boutter has apparently appeared on the musician's 2003 album "Jambalaya", thus is not an original composition. Responding to this, Blake Leyh who works at the music department of the show said, "If winning Emmys was what we were focused on, we'd all be working on a different show." Source & Preview
When Treme co-creator David Simon approached Khandi Alexander for his new HBO drama, she didn't even have to read the script. "I said, 'It doesn't even matter what it is, I'm in," Alexander tells us. "It was just the opportunity to work with David again. To be in the company of someone you feel so comfortable with creatively and personally, there was no second guessing. It was a yes before I read the material." So Alexander, who played a drug addict in Simon's Emmy-winning HBO miniseries The Corner, was even more thrilled when she saw just what Simon and co-creator Eric Overmyer were up to with their look at post-Katrina New Orleans. "I felt their particular take from the musicians' point of view was very unique and something I understood well because of my past as a choreographer and dancer," Alexander says. "This was something I really thought to be special. This is a take on New Orleans that I've yet to see." The 52-year-old actress, whose other TV credits include roles on NewsRadio and CSI: Miami, says she liked getting back into one of Simon's gritty worlds. Her character, bar owner LaDonna Batiste-Williams, is far from the heroin and cocaine addict she played on The Corner, but Ladonna's life has been far from easy. To Read More Click Here .