Treme: An Inside Job

[Spoilers abound] Early in this week's episode of Treme, Davis (Steve Zahn) shows tourists the battered, neglected remains of Perseverance Hall, a venue where Buddy Bolden once played. That structure is contrasted later with the clean, white architectural models for the jazz center project designed for the Memorial Auditorium. The meaningful difference between the two - people saw how money could be made off the latter. 

Treme: The Size of the Foe

[Spoilers abound.] This week, it became apparent what New Orleanians are up against. The culture of police corruption moves to center stage as its magnitude stifles Toni Bernette (Melissa Leo) in her efforts to get witnesses on Wilson and menaces L.P. Everett (Chris Coy) in his attempts to pursue the Henry Glover case. It's faceless, malevolent force that throws a shade of uncertainty over everything. Did a cop really see that Sophie didn't have her seatbelt on at night, or was the ticket a harrassment technique?

Treme: No Sympathy for the Devil

Last week's Treme looked at the bargains we make to get what we want; this week's episode examines the same thing from the perspective of those we bargain with. Scenes of Tim (Sam Robards) closing the deal with Janette (Kim Dickens) in The Parkway are intercut with shots of Marvin (Michael Cerveris) doing the same with Annie (Lucia Micarelli) over dinner at Bayona.

Treme: Let's Make a Deal

This week's episode does what Treme was made to do - illuminate a fundamental drama that most of us face.If things go according to plan, most of us will not have to survive a zombie apocalypse and track down a devious computer hacker/killer? More likely: How badly do you want your dream, and what deals will you make to achieve it? Annie (Lucia Micarelli) approaches manager Marvin Frey (Michael Cerveris) and asks, "Where do I sign?" and the scene could only have played more Faustian if it was shot in brimstone smell-o-vision.

Treme: Our World

[Updated] In my interview Saturday with Eric Overmyer, he referred to Treme as sui generis, and it is in ways he discussed and ways he didn't. Its merger of the real and fictional is likely unprecedented, as is the extensive use of music. But it's also hard to think of a show that included its producers' affections so baldly. Musical acts, for instance, are written into the show because Overmyer and David Simon like them, even if the fit is awkward.

Treme Will Return for a Final Half-Season

"We are going to be back for a season 3.5," Treme producer David Simon announced Saturday night at the Joy Theater. "HBO on viewing the 10 that we gave them and where we left it, they want to see the end of the story. There are people there who fought very hard to give us half a loaf, and we're going to take it and run.

Kermit Likely to Reopen Mother-in-Law with Live Music

Update: When Kermit Ruffins took over the lease on the Mother-in-Law Lounge in January 2011, he planned to re-open the Treme club as a live music venue. When he wasn' able to get it open by June of that year, its conditional use permit lapsed. The Mother-in-Law Lounge isn't zoned for live music, but it could host it as a nonconforming use under a conditional use permit. If a business stops operation for six months, those permits lapse.

Another Advance Look at Treme Season 3

Treme returns for its third season on HBO on September 23. This trailer suggests that Delmond (Rob Brown) is going to more fully embrace his Mardi Gras Indian heritage, that Janette's going to have heavy anxieties about starting a new restaurant, and crime's going to be a big part of the season. 

Here's the first trailer for the season.