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April 13, 2010

The assorted trailers surrounding the ‘hood in which the fictional Bernette family resides and the obligatory blockage of the street by an NOPD squad car are apparently harbingers of some news from HBO on the future of Treme. From the OffBeat magazine blog:

According to HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo:

I can’t think of another show that is more emblematic of what we aspire to be as a network than Treme. In the tradition of The Wire, David Simon and Eric Overmeyer have embarked on an exploration of the soul of one of the world’s most unique cities through the lives of an exquisitely crafted cast of characters.

Second season, here we come…

And it also looks like VenetianBlond’s Watching Treme blog will be syndicated by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Hope it works out for you, VB.

  1. April 13, 2010 7:59 pm


    Production on “Treme’s” first season will continue in New Orleans through April, then restart for season two after hurricane season. The second season will likely air in spring 2011.

    I guess I can wrap my head around their reasoning, but it seems strange to postpone production for hurricane season while the rest of NOLA carries on.

  2. liprap permalink
    April 13, 2010 8:08 pm

    They must fear for their equipment. I’d be afraid, too: those trailers are stylin’:

    ” ‘Look, movie trailers! (Ignore the pun if you dare.) I can tell they’re movie trailers because they’re nice and so much bigger than FEMA trailers!’ Momentarily proud of my discernment in trailers, soon the disgusting nature of the comparison sucked the movie magic right out of me. Instead of talking about Brangelina, or the film industry, we just ignored them. Instead we ranted about the toxicity of FEMA trailers, their depressing, confining size, and the criminal amounts of money that were paid for them. FEMA spends about $60,000 for each of these plain white trailers over their estimated life span of 18 months. For that cost they could have got a bulk rate on luxury or at least human sized trailers. A lot of these trailers are camper sized, and intended only for a few nights stay.

    “So, Hollywood, many of us are glad for the business and jobs that you have brought to our city. I enjoy the magical way you make cars dissapear. But you better look out. What we really like are your trailers.”

    Also, I don’t know what the insurance costs are like if they are shooting at the peak of hurricane season…

  3. April 13, 2010 8:28 pm

    And somewhere, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter is already waxing fatuous over the controversial question, “Does New Orleans really need a third season of Treme?”

  4. April 13, 2010 8:51 pm

    To paraphrase Edwin M. Stanton, “Now we belong to the ages.” (Somebody from Seattle is blogging Treme?!)

  5. liprap permalink
    April 13, 2010 8:58 pm

    Yep, the world just wobbled a little on its axis, Glenn…

  6. April 13, 2010 9:16 pm

    *ahem* I can HEAR you! Thanks for the well wishes, Liprap.

  7. April 13, 2010 9:31 pm

    Most likely an insurance issue. Film productions are insured out the yin-yang for every conceivable calamity or delay. If a storm even threatens New Orleans and misses but causes shooting to shut down for 5 days it costs big bucks.

  8. April 13, 2010 9:41 pm

    Hell, the founder of this blog is in, what, Ohio? Me and VirgoTex are in Austin, Loki’s in, uh, Nova Scotia or something, Athenae is at Santa’s workshop….

    Granted, we all have varying degrees of connectedness to the city and the show, but I managed to write reasonably intelligently about The Wire for six months and my three trips to Baltimore involved beer and crabs and not one single red top or Glock.

    Congrats, WT. Write for that motherfuckin’ money, baby (I hope).

  9. April 13, 2010 9:56 pm

    @ raynola: I meant no disrespect, Mr. Ray. I only meant to express my bemusement at the breadth and depth of the interest in the series and, by extension, our city. I apologize for my previous snarky remark.

  10. April 13, 2010 10:04 pm

    No worries, Mr. Bear.

  11. Kevin permalink
    April 13, 2010 11:58 pm

    It occurred to me tonight that the end of the second season may very well include the deaths of Helen Hill and Dinerral Shavers (or their fictional equivalents), and it unsettled me for the first time, thinking of those lives ending again in slow motion.

    So far the show has been sad, but it’s also been about perseverance and a bit of hope. Those days it was really hard to see the hope. Things were grimly getting better, and then: a slipping-down place.

    When will everyone in the show go on antidepressants? That was real, too.

  12. April 14, 2010 12:26 am

    Hey, I’m Uptown, Glenn. Not that far from Big Chief Jolly’s crib, where his nephew Charles Neville crashes when he’s in town.

  13. virgotex permalink*
    April 14, 2010 1:23 am

    Ray, must I remind you that I am of Austin but I am in Wimberley ?

    (Where the deer and the antelope play)

  14. April 14, 2010 1:29 am

    Gosh golly gee-whiz, people. We need to yank ourselves up from this slippery slope before we get into whose families have been here the longest, she says from her chair in the Lower Garden District.

  15. April 14, 2010 1:36 am

    At the current rate of “progress”, I give Wimberley another ten years max before it gets annexed.

    I’ll be living in a shotgun house within earshot of the streetcar again by then, hopefully…

  16. April 14, 2010 8:20 am

    Or, as D said last night, if we’re going to play this game, Loki has already won because his family has been in NOLA since the Miocene or something.

  17. April 14, 2010 8:25 am

    As Ben Folds once sang, “There’s always someone cooler than you”…or someone whose gene pool has simply a more traceable lineage.

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