by Kevin Allman
Since the weather outside is (about to be) frightful and tonight's parade schedule has been cancelled, why not pull on your Saints snuggie, fire up the tube and
watch people collect garbage for an hour enjoy the TV debut of New Orleans' own Sidney Torres and Trashmen, his reality-series pilot that airs tonight at 9 p.m. on TLC.
There's scant info about it on the TLC Web site, but here's the network's description:
Sidney Torres is one of New Orleans' toughest sons and has made cleaning up the city his business. After Katrina, waste management companies fled like scared rabbits, but Sidney bought a garbage truck to take on the dirtiest job around.
You want more? We got more:
New Orleans garbage man Sidney Torres is proof that trash makes for good TV. Torres is famous for managing to do what no one else has - cleanup after the massive parties on New Orleans' world famous Bourbon Street - and look good doing it. Now, the city's own "Rembrandt of Refuse" shows the world how he gets it done in TLC's new pilot TRASHMEN...
The hour-long episode features Sidney and his trash troops keeping it clean on Halloween weekend, one of the busiest of the year in the Big Easy. Tens of thousands of people pack Bourbon Street, while another 100,000 more flock to Voo Doo Fest, a major annual outdoor concert. To cap off the busy weekend, the New Orleans Saints will be playing on Monday Night in the Super Dome - yet another big job for Sidney's crew. These are huge demands for his upstart company and he relies on his trusted team to pull it off. With his best friend, Lenny Kravitz, headlining Voo Doo Fest, which Sidney is also tasked to keep clean, he works to find balance between his life and work. Sidney's reputation is on the line as everyone from city officials to local residents are depending on Sidney to leave the place spotlessly clean.
Anyway, Sidney's pretty excited about it over on his Web site and his Twitter stream (only 130 followers? c'mon, New Orleans!) if you want to read more. And here's a 30-second teaser, titled "Jason Throws a Fit," in which we learn that fit-throwing may make for mildly diverting and heavily bleeped "reality" TV, but is completely unacceptable as Sidney works to find balance between his life and work.
Tune in tonight to see who scores higher on the Awesome-O-Meter: Sidney Torres, Trashman -- or Steven Seagal, Lawman.