K-Ville- Hindrance or Help?

The Fox Network’s national debut of the “gritty cop drama” K-Ville will occur September 17th. The locals have gotten a chance to check out the premiere early, thanks to NOLA.com and the Fox Network.

Normally, I have better things to do than to watch a TV show on the internet. But seeing how life is a puzzle right now for the majority of us, meaning we are still trying to put the pieces back together, I thought I’d watch to see how the show will come across to the rest of the nation.

First, I don’t expect this program to depict life as it is for the majority of us in the city. No one wants to watch that frankly. I watched it as a casual observer really, not trying to focus too much on either how good or how bad the producers/writers portrayed New Orleans.

I was really more interested in how Louis in Topeka or Mary in Idaho would view the show. If we, meaning locals, get too bogged down with the “that’s not how we do it” or “I’ve never seen a criminal that looks like THAT” then we’re not getting what the show could mean to the city/recovery. A cop show in general is that, a cop show. Good guys, bad guys, good cops and maybe a bad cop or two. The basics are in there. Just like Ragu spaghetti sauce, It’s in there!

I’m not a TV critic, (Boy that must a tough gig). But I rather enjoyed the show. Is it perfect? No, not at all. But I did vibe with some of the post katrina takes and think that, as much as can be expected, the people involved are trying to do the right thing. Will it work? Not sure on that one. We all know the Katrina Fatigue excuse that we’ve heard the rest of the country suffers from, so some folks will be turned off right away. But it’s not just about Katrina. It kept me interested enough to want to see what’s next in K-Ville.

Take an hour and watch. See if you think that it’s close to realistic or that it’s just nutty. These aren’t sweet and cuddly cops like all the REAL NOPD officers are. Can a TV show help an area recover? Or will it just shed more bad publicity on our 2-sided sword city?

4 Comments so far

  1. Fred (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    Does it “keep the brand out there”?

  2. Clay (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 5:28 pm

    It looked OK to me. It’s got flaws, but I think it’ll be good for the city and it’s entertaining to boot.

  3. Cade Roux (unregistered) on August 27th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    The show itself was fine. A number of silly inconsistencies, but generally not terrible. I figured 2-3 stars, or 5 stars if you compare to the reality drivel like Rock of Love.

    Here are a few things I thought about it:

    I thought the plot to steal land through fear was kind of overstated – I tend to believe people WILL exploit the fear (everywhere in our society) for financial gain, but find it kind of hard to believe they have to resort to hired guns.

    Gumbo party? What’s that?

    Drinking on the job, while I’m sure it happens everywhere, seemed to be portrayed as a New Orleans thing.

    The cop who was a con, I find very hard to believe.

    I thought the house-drying party was spot on.

    The sprinkling of things about headquarters moving out of a trailer and stuff was not heavy handed, which was good.

  4. mags (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 7:27 am

    i think i was most relieved to find that the accents didn’t drive me crazy. most characters seemed to have a vague southern accent, but they weren’t trying too hard to have a new orleans-specific accent, which of course as we all know, actors can’t ever get right. i was anticipating cringing through the whole thing because of the accents, but found that it didn’t really bug me that they didn’t particularly sound like they were from new orleans. at least they didn’t sound like they were actively bastardizing the accents here.

    i kinda liked it. which surprised me. i’m not very good at remembering to tune in and watch tv shows, but if it continues to be available online, i might keep watching.

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