'The Wire' creator awarded MacArthur Fellowship
September 28th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

'The Wire' creator awarded MacArthur Fellowship

David Simon, a creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” has been named among this year’s MacArthur Fellows.

Simon joins a group of 23 fellows announced Tuesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each receives a no-strings-attached $500,000 grant to be distributed over five years.

This year’s chosen eclectic group includes an economist, an astrophysicist, musicians and an anthropologist.

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June 22nd, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Po-boy persuasion on 'Treme'

You can give a gal a po-boy, but it doesn't mean she'll stay in New Orleans.

On the season finale of "Treme," Davis McAlary tried to persuade Janette DeSautel to stay in the Crescent City with a day filled with the magical moments that he insisted would never happen to her in Manhattan, and which she countered were just plain moments.

The morning began with a John Boutte serenade, complete with Café du Monde beignets. The couple drove among the live oak trees, napped on the Mississippi, danced at Le Bon Temps Roule and lunched at Domilise's, where they debated the merits of a New Orleans classic.

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June 17th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Last supper at Liuzza's by the Track on 'Treme'

It doesn't look good for Creighton Bernette.

When "Treme" last left John Goodman's character, he seemed to have given up on his city. In this week's episode, Bernette has writer's block. "But the rain still came. It rained, one day into the next," he writes before banishing the thought to the blink of a cursor on a blank page.

We should be worried then, when on a spring morning in New Orleans, he puts a smile on his face and begins a day filled with his favorite things.

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June 7th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

'Treme' recap – King cakes, barbecue and sorrow

After a two-week hiatus filled with news of the latest tragedy in the gulf region - the oil spill - "Treme" fans returned to New Orleans last night for Mardi Gras 2006.

It was a locals-only affair in this eighth episode, with evacuees trickling back to share in the pared-down celebrations. "I'm home for Mardi Gras baby," an evacuee tearfully told Sonny and Annie. "Home for Mardi Gras."

Professor Longhair's "Go to the Mardi Gras" provides the soundtrack as the characters try their best to let the good times roll. King cakes provide a sugar rush - and for Antoine Batiste, a lucky baby - as the episode unfolds.

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May 25th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

TV recap: John Besh in the front of the house on 'Treme'

John Besh.

His name was good enough to get four big-wig New York chefs a table a couple of weeks ago at Janette DeSautel's fictional restaurant in "Treme." But viewers have yet to meet this Louisiana chef … until now.

With DeSautel ready to shutter her eponymous restaurant, she turns to Besh in episode seven to see if he will take some kitchen equipment off her hands.

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May 21st, 2010
09:48 AM ET

Life after '24'...

When it comes to TV, I'm easy going. Color me a casual viewer of a few shows I kind of like, and a devout fan of a few I really love. So, when the news came that my all-time favorite show, "24," was ending, I began to fathom the harsh reality of knowing that the show I loved for eight seasons will be no more. At some point, I'll be "Bauer-less", but where will I go? What will I watch now?

I'm a big fan of shows like HBO's "Entourage", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Eastbound and Down," but they're all between seasons at the moment and otherwise unavailable. I religiously watch HBO dramas "Treme" and "The Pacific," but one is a spring runner, and the other is the dreaded "mini-series"... egad.

After careful consideration, I've decided I need a break from the drama. Jack Bauer has some big shoes to fill, and it requires more time. I'm in a transitional stage, and I think its going to be comedy for a while.

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