I have no designs on covering Treme full time this season, because unlike many of the critics-that-cover-television I do appreciate an occasional plot line during each episode rather than spread across the whole season. That’s what we call a movie, sorry David Simon. But watch the season premiere of Treme I did, and when during the opening credits for the episode, “Accentuate the Positive,” I happened to see that episode was co-attributed to Anthony Bourdain. Admittedly I was just a bit intrigued.
It seems that Bourdain was a consultant on last season helping to craft the kitchen seasons in particular. Simon apparently offered Bourdain to opportunity to script an entire episode which he declined saying that he couldn’t write about jazz musicians in New Orleans with any authority. Instead Bourdain has essentially taken over the scripting for the kitchen scenes after being given direction from Simon and staff on the general plot line and beats. It’s an interesting wrinkle for the lowly rated Treme that takes advantage of the extremely deep knowledge of Bourdain and frankly brings an added realism to the show that is all about the realities of life in New Orleans, post-Katrina.