Tremè: An Unofficial Guide to the HBO Series

Street art in the Tremè neighborhood of New Orleans.


Tremè: the HBO Series about New Orleans

In this episode, Mark digs into the HBO Series Tremè, the television show created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer.  The pair had previously worked together on the critically acclaimed series The Wire and brought that same passion to this project.

In Tremè, Simon and Overmyer put the spotlight on ordinary people trying to rebuild ordinary lives set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures.

The shows features an ensemble cast including actors John Goodman, Wendell Pierce, Michelle Leo, Clarke Peters, Steve Zahn, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Lucia Micarelli, Michael Huisman, Rob Brown and Phyllis Montana-Leblanc.  Among the characters they portray are a Tulane professor, a civil rights attorney, a chef, several musicians, a bar owner and the Big Chief of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe.

Listen in as Mark describes the series, and shares his perspective as a New Orleanian. Along the way, you’ll learn about the characters, the music, and the places and events portrayed on the small screen.


Interviews and Articles

12-7-16: will be updated shortly

During this episode, Mark cites several interviews with David Simon, Eric Overymyer, Kermit Ruffins, Wendell Pierce and others.  Here are links to those interviews:

David Simon’s open letter to New Orleans in the Times Picayune


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