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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 10: A Finale of Sorts, More Hopeful Than Where the Season Began

HBO renewed "Treme" after the season was in the can and sent off to critics, meaning that it was still in limbo when the last episode (teleplay by David Simon & Eric Overmeyer, story by Simon & Anthony Bourdain) was written.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 26, 2012 1:59 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 9 - LaDonna, A Difficult Woman

LaDonna – a “difficult” woman if there ever was one – is hardly someone who can be seen as pure victim...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 19, 2012 1:59 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 8 - Juxtaposing Sophia and LaDonna, Police vs. No Police

I’ve left off talking about LaDonna (the luminous Khandi Alexander) so far this season in order to discuss her story in the context that Tom Piazza (teleplay) and Eric Overmeyer (story) create in the current episode.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 12, 2012 1:59 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 7: Setting the Table for Things To Come

By episode seven (written by Chris Rose & Micah Kibodeaux, story by David Simon & Chris Rose, directed by Tim Robbins), "Treme" is in the development stage of its dramatic construction. By this I don’t mean that executives are getting their paws all over it – rather...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • November 5, 2012 1:18 PM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 6: Davis' Good Women and Magnum Opus

Davis (Steve Zahn) is a fool, more profane than holy, not without talent, but a fool nonetheless. He loses good women the way others misplace good umbrellas – thoughtlessly if with the best of intentions of not doing so this time again...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 29, 2012 2:00 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 5: Race, Death & David Simon

For better or worse, episodic television is about expectations. Zombies are going to make an appearance in "Walking Dead" as surely as every episode of "Law and Order" will be split into two halves. Each series teaches us how to watch it, how to take it on its own terms...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 22, 2012 2:00 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 4: The Talent Passport

The culture that may be the saving grace for the characters of "Treme" can sometimes be impenetrable. That’s the thing about tight systems – they are as resistant to strangers as they are to change. In "Treme"’s artistic worlds, the necessary passport is talent.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 15, 2012 2:00 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 3: The Corruption Question

A good cop and a not so good cop come into a coffee shop. The girl behind the counter happens to be the daughter of a defense lawyer, re-introduces herself to the good cop, and tells him his order is on the house. Do you call that corruption?
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 8, 2012 2:00 AM
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'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 2: A Deep Specificity of Culture

Decades ago, I'd heard that Eric Overmeyer and the wonderful actress Ellen McElduff had begun living part-time in her native Louisiana. This is obviously well before Katrina, but even then, New Orleans was in need of support. Cajun culture was having its brief moment in the sun, but the city and state were already in severe economic distress...
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • October 1, 2012 2:00 AM
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Third Seasons for HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' & 'Treme' Begin in September

HBO has picked up both Terence Winter's "Boardwalk Empire" and David Simon's "Treme" for third seasons.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 10, 2012 12:59 PM
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