“Treme” Overlooked at the Emmy Awards

From Associated Press, ABC News

Problem solved?

It would’ve been embarrassing to overlook Melissa Leo when handing out the Emmy nominations this year. After all, just five months ago, she won herself an Oscar. So on Thursday, she got a well-deserved nod for the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”

That got Emmy voters off the hook. In the process, it spared them the burden of examining Leo’s work in “Treme,” the HBO drama series of which she is one of many Emmy-worthy cast members.

Leo was probably the best shot “Treme” had at recognition. But, instead of landing even one nomination — for acting, writing or anything else — the series got the back of Emmy’s hand.

What a shame. “Treme” is easily among the best drama series on the air, and takes a backseat to no show for the breadth and excellence of its cast. One more thing that makes “Treme” praiseworthy: its uniqueness.

For viewers (and, apparently, a crop of Emmy voters) who don’t know, “Treme” is set in post-Katrina New Orleans and follows a broad sample of its residents coping with the disaster’s aftermath and otherwise living their lives. If “Seinfeld” was famously a show about nothing, “Treme” is a show about everything. Everything human. Which it manages to pull off without feeling overstuffed, overwrought or artificial.

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