With all the Treme talk around town (and Back of Town), and the informally organized public Treme-watching parties, and the discussion over whether Steve Zahn's character is irritating but harmless, lovable eccentric, or straight-up douchebag, it's surprising to find one prominent New Orleanian who doesn't have an opinion: Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu.

"I still haven't seen it," Landrieu said this morning in a meeting at his office on St. Charles Avenue. "But my wife [Cheryl Landrieu] saw the first two and said it's fantastic."

And count another important local who hasn't seen Treme, even though he's in it: "Uncle" Lionel Batiste of the Treme Brass Band.

"I don't have HBO," Batiste told Gambit photographer Cheryl Gerber.

Hey, David Simon: can you hook up Uncle Lionel with some HBO?

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