EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that HBO has just ordered 9 episodes of the pilot Treme from The Wire writers David Simon and Eric Overmyer which has been in development for the pay channel. It’s a post-Katrina hourlong set in the New Orleans music scene and will be filmed there. The local press have been trumpeting the making of the pilot, and crowing how a full-blown series “could boost the city’s psyche and pump millions into its economy”. Treme is the name of the iconic New Orleans neighborhood where many musicians live, and Simon is a longtime New Orleans music fan. He has told the local press that the storylines would reach beyond the music scene to explore political corruption, the public housing controversy, the criminal justice system, and the struggle to rebuild the tourism industry. HBO also backed Spike Lee’s Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke.
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