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HBO Treme Hype

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2010 at 8:52AM

More than ever, I am reminded that at this time of year, as much as I love movies, I'd rather be watching television.
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Thompson on Hollywood

More than ever, I am reminded that at this time of year, as much as I love movies, I'd rather be watching television.

This season I am happily following HBO's WW II drama The Pacific, ABC's magic puzzle Lost, NBC's Tina Fey sitcom 30 Rock and FX's neo-western Justified, along with my regular TiVoed programs At the Movies (soon to depart, alas), Oprah and Charlie Rose. Another HBO series debuts April 11th, the post-Katrina New Orleans drama Treme, from the one and only David Simon, the ex-journo creator of The Wire. He was aided and abetted by frequent collaborator David Mills, who recently died of a brain aneurysm.

This must-read NYT Magazine feature calls Simon the HBO Auteur. Exactly. And NY Mag interviews Mills. Salon raves. And here's NPR  and Fresh Air.

We'll post a review of the show later on.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.