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Columnist Conundrum: Who's the Costello Lookalike in Treme?

Posted: 04/16/2010 3:28 pm

We finally have the first Treme mystery. When New Orleans musician Kermit Ruffins asks the TV version of Davis if Elvis Costello is "That cat who writes for the Times Picayune," the newspaper's Keith Spera weighed in with a column today titled, "Who was that geeky white guy with glasses in the first episode of Treme?"

He theorizes, "I'm pretty sure that's a reference to me."

Is Spera in error? Is it something Chris Rose knows? Rose, who was a Times Picayune columnist when Simon first researched HBO's Treme, has not yet commented about whether or not he thinks the Treme team scripted Ruffins mistaking Costello for him. Support seems split between Team Spera and Team Rose.

For a Chicago comparison, it would be similar to columnists Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune versus Dave Hoekstra of the Chicago Sun Times in a Costello runoff, which could happen if David Simon's next series is "Andersonville!"

Article continued at NewOrleans.com in "When Costello's the Fellow, is Spera in Error?" which also gets credit for the columnist photoshop mashup below.

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