It’s documentary-like in style and pace, intimate and intelligent and respectful of characters and a setting rarely visited on a network TV drama.
“I really enjoyed, for my story, her relationship with Davis,” Dickens said. Maybe this summer when I go home, I’ll be full of ideas.” Both Micarelli and Dickens live in Los Angeles when they’re not living in New Orleans for “Treme.” Both have had the experience of interacting with locals as episodes have aired.
“I liked that there was this weird understanding between us. They were good friends, and she could tell him when to shut up and get lost. “There were really some fun moments between him and my character. “You go out in the city and everyone’s like, ‘Yeah, man. “I’ve had so many people say, ‘Do you know you’re involved in something that’s such a big deal to us because of how we’ve been portrayed in the past?
“It felt like a natural thing for her to do.” Eventually, at least.
When the script details for season one’s finale began to circulate among the cast and crew, Dickens heard from several people on-set who thought Janette was being written out of the show. I wanted to find out if I was available to audition for other shows after the season. You go get another show if you’re lucky.” As it turned out, the writers had Big Apple plans for Janette.
“The day I got the first call from my management, they said, ‘These people called us and there’s a TV show and they’re looking for a violinist and it’s based in New Orleans and the guy is David Simon and he did ‘The Wire,’” said Micarelli in a separate interview also about midway through this season’s production. “The other side of it is, what an amazing opportunity, to learn from the cream of the crop. If they weren’t such nice people, it would be miserable.” For Dickens, “Treme” has been a vast change from both “Deadwood” and “Friday Night Lights.” Created and run by writer and executive producer David Milch – notorious for last-second script-polishing -- “Deadwood” was an HBO drama in which characters conversed like a Shakespearean repertory company gone wild, wild west. “You didn’t have a full script, and you’d just get the (script) pages the night before (shooting).
“I Googled ‘David Simon The Wire,’ and there was all this stuff! ’ “I remember I watched an (online) interview that night with David Simon. If I’m around a bunch of people who are at the top of their (game), yeah, obviously I’m going to be on the lowest rung, but I can’t get worse. You’d just sort of stare at the fax machine as it printed them out. ’“So there was that sort of spontaneity and willingness to just jump of the cliff each day.
I think that’s just what always makes a project or job really great, when people push you all the time to stretch yourself.
The worst thing for any creative person would to be in a job where you feel like you’re coasting.” Annie’s personal development – ditching Sonny for Davis – has proved pleasing to many viewers who believed that her character was doomed to live out the grisly real-life story of Addie Hall, murdered and dismembered by boyfriend Zack Bowen.
“They said, ‘I guess this is it for your character,’” she said. “I’ve been shooting a lot in New York, and it’s been a blast,” Dickens said.
“It’s been pretty fun, I have to say.” Annie’s artistic expansion, which so far has included playing with the subdudes, David Torkanowsky and Shawn Colvin as well as a successful do-over with Cajun music, has challenged Micarelli as a musician, too.
“Annie’s sort of developing as a musician and songwriter, which means I have to,” she said.