Christine Cupaiuolo

Christine Cupaiuolo, a writer and editor in Chicago, founded and edits

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The Culture of "K-Ville"

A new FOX drama premiering tonight portrays a post-Katrina New Orleans. But in reducing its tragedy to a cop drama, have the real lessons been lost?

"K-Ville," the New Orleans police series premiering tonight on FOX, opens with a close-up of a white man in his 30s trying very hard to keep his head above water in a confined space. The date -- Sept. 1, 2005 -- flashes, and the scene abruptly shifts outside, onto flooded roadways with dazed people seeking help, and not enough police to provide it. "I had to shoot a dog," a New Orleans police officer tells his partner. "It was chewing on one of the bodies." Moments later, the traumatized cop gets in his car and leaves, deserting his partner and his city. Flash forward two years and Marlin Boulet (Anthony Anderson), the officer left by the side of the road, is still trying to hold things together in post-Katrina New Orleans. His wife and daughter moved to Atlanta. Most of his neighbors in the upper Ninth Ward have posted "for sale" signs. But Boulet is rooted. His commitment is stressed early on, in a not-so-subtle scene, when Boulet catches a teenage boy digging up a cypress in his...