“Annie’s sort of developing as a musician and songwriter, which means I have to,” she said.
“It’s my favorite thing about this whole experience, how much I’m challenged.
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.
“ ‘Friday Night Lights’ was different,” Dickens said. You’d shoot so fast, and it was so much fun to improvise. ’ It’s just a really tightly run and smoothly run ship.”In those scripts, Dickens said, is an ongoing recognition of a palpable “life force” in post-Katrina New Orleans.
“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.
Oh my god, you’re the girl that’s going to get chopped up and eaten.’ It was everywhere I went.” Even during the off-season.“After the season was over, I was in Maine in some little quaint town doing a show with Chris Botti,” she said. I think Annie’s gotten away from him.’ “I kept saying ‘Annie’ and he kept saying ‘you.’ He said, ‘When Creighton died, I cried for three or four days.’ I was like, ‘Wow, TV is really weird.’” Civilian reaction is better for Micarelli now that Annie is with Steve Zahn’s Davis, though he continues to polarize some viewers.
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.
On Stages Live, classical crossover star Josh Groban brings his Grammy-nominated 2015 album, Stages, to a delighted studio audience, showcasing his wide vocal range on a collection of his favorite stage and screen inspirations.
Recorded for PBS in late 2015, Stages Live features classics from Les Misérables ("Bring Him Home"), The Phantom of the Opera ("All I Ask of You"), Carousel ("If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"), The Wizard of Oz ("Over the Rainbow"), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ("Pure Imagination").