Archive for Sunday, September 23, 2012

HBO show is kind liked by Emmys

September 23, 2012

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“Treme” (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) returns for a third season of overlapping personal tales of New Orleans residents and exiles, folks still reeling from Hurricane Katrina and still deeply defined by their affections for their flawed, wounded city. They include an overeager DJ and music enthusiast (Steve Zahn), who leads pathetic walking tours of the city’s jazz historical sites and stoically faces the scorn of jaded foreign tourists who are aghast that a city and a nation could allow the birthplace of a culture to be turned into a parking lot or a Laundromat. On the other side of the equation, some Crescent City exiles express joy and relief to be far from their hometown of “drunks and dreamers.” The truth about life in New Orleans lies somewhere between these two extremes, and “Treme” continues to search for it in an entertaining, beautifully shot, well-acted and meandering fashion.

• Dramas like “Treme” demonstrate weekly how the best on television is often equal to or superior to anything Hollywood has to offer on the big screen. But no one will ever accuse the Emmy Awards (7 p.m. Sunday, ABC) of being more important than the Oscars. That’s strange, considering that people are generally more familiar with the material honored at the Emmys than the Oscars, which often rewards more obscure films of artistic merit. Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt.

Jimmy Kimmel is your host.

Sunday’s other highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): separate interviews with President Barack Obama and his challenger, former Gov. Mitt Romney.

• The Baltimore Ravens host the New England Patriots on “Sunday Night Football” (7 p.m., NBC).

• A winner emerges on “Broadway or Bust” (7 p.m., PBS).

• Lily and Cullen face chaos on “Hell on Wheels” (8 p.m., AMC).

• As Nucky enjoys himself in New York, Gyp Rosetti begins to feel at home in Tabor Heights on “Boardwalk Empire” (8 p.m., HBO).

• A deranged arsonist and a visit from a friend of his estranged daughter haunts our moody detective on “Wallander, Series III: Before the Frost” on “Masterpiece Mystery!” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• A highly touted boxing match features violence in and out of the ring on “Copper” (9 p.m., BBC America).

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