Even before "Treme's" series premiere last night, the show's creator David Simon was forced to address critics who would complain that the program inaccurately depicts details of New Orleans life, post-Katrina. In a letter to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Simon writes:
That we will be held to certain standards by New Orleanians goes with the territory. Beginning tonight, you are the ultimate arbiters -- the only ones we really care about -- on the question of whether our storytelling alchemy has managed to make anything precious or worthy from the baser elements of fact.Simon is known for his extreme realism, in other celebrated HBO series "The Corner" and "The Wire." But the debate surrounding fact and fiction in "Treme" raises a compelling question: How real must a fictional TV show set in the near past be? Does Simon have a responsibility to the tell New Orleanians' story exactly as they lived it, or is he free to take liberties in the name of art and entertainment?
Blog your response by 9 a.m. ET tomorrow, April 13, and tag it Treme fact vs. fiction.