David Simon, who I shouldn’t have to tell you is the creator of “The Wire” and “Treme,” was Stephen Colbert’s guest last night. It’s a great interview to watch, because as much as I love Simon’s work, he has a tendency to take himself so seriously that he’s not always the best ambassador of his own work. Enter Colbert, who says things like:
["Treme" is] just like “Sex and the City,” except the city is New Orleans, and instead of sex, it’s heartbreaking despair.
You say that “Treme” is “Glee” for black people… are you saying that there are no gay black people?
Video of the entire interview is below. It includes a good clip from “Treme” that I hadn’t seen before, and I’ve spent a lot of time watching every little clip of “Treme” that I can find.
Anyway, “Treme” debuts this coming Sunday, and I recommend you watch it. You know how everyone who’s watched “The Wire” can’t stop talking about how great it is? Well, this is your chance to get in on the ground floor. You either watch it now, or you resignedly make a resolution to watch the entire damn series on DVD six years from now after getting sick of people talking how you need to watch it. Join us, or we’ll annoy you with pseudo-intellectual conversations stemming from white guilt.