HBO’s “Treme” Adds Anthony Bourdain To Writing Team

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Anthony Bourdain, host of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations" and author of best-selling memoir "Kitchen Confidential," has accepted a new position on the writing staff of the popular HBO series, "Treme."

The drama series is based in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina -- in fact, the show debuted on HBO just three months after the event in 2005. It chronicles the lives of an ensemble cast of characters as they struggle to rebuild their lives from scratch in their beloved hometown. The characters are from all walks of life: musicians, professors, attorneys, DJs, bar owners, restaurateurs, and chefs.

Bourdain was a guest consultant for "Treme" during its first season, helping to conceptualize the restaurant scenes. Now, he will be working alongside the show's co-creator and former writer of HBO's "The Wire," David Simon, to further the storyline -- an offer that Bourdain could not be more excited about. He said of Simon's previous work, "I've said many times, and believe it absolutely, that 'The Wire' was the single greatest achievement of the television medium."

Simon is just as pleased to be working more with Bourdain. He said, "I think he's a great writer. If you've experienced the narration of his show, if you've read his books, this is a guy who can write in prose, who can write for the page."

Celebrity chefs may make special appearances on future episodes as well, now that Bourdain has more of a say in the direction of the show. Popular chefs Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, and David Chang have already appeared on the series in the past.

New episodes of "Treme" will air on HBO starting April 24, 2011.

Source:  L.A. Weekly

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