Word comes today via Instagram (h/t AV Club) that Robert Chew -- better known to millions of rabid The Wire fans as Proposition Joe, an unflinchingly pragmatic drug dealer with a nephew named Cheese --has died at the age of 52.
Wire creator David Simon tells his old paper, the Baltimore Sun:
Every time I consider cancelling HBO, I'm stopped by one thought: "Isn't that David Simon show about New Orleans supposed to start soon?" And now that HBO has released a trailer for Treme (above) . . . there's just no way I can get rid of it now. Treme premieres on April 11, and stars Bunk, Lester Freamon, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Steve Zahn and John Goodman as various residents of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that HBO has ordered the first ten episodes of David Simon's Treme, about life in post-Katrina New Orleans. It will center on the jazz music scene, but it's probably safe to guess that Simon and co. will take a look at the various ways in which numerous agencies have let the city down.