“The way people here talk is like gold laying in the street.”Yeah, ya'right.
* It's taken all my restraint not to lapse into a stalker-frenzy. On a couple of occasions, I've passed the crew filming street scenes for the pilot, and I deeply wanted to rush past the security detail, bust into the scene, and start hollering, "Is Bunk here? Bunk? Where are you? What about Lester? Where is he? I wanna hug 'em!" (Both Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters have roles in the new series.)
** But I confess, I worry: What if Simon get's sucked into the shuck-'n'-jive myth-muck of New Orleans story telling? And I have reason to worry. Almost (but not quite) every story, book, movie, or TV show ever set here has become hopelessly entangled in Spanish moss, voodoo, and distant saxophones blowing in the jasmine-scented air. But I'll trust that Simon's perceptive eyes and ears will help him navigate these perilous waters. (It would be nice to, once and for all, have a depiction of our city to which locals could point and say, "That's right.")