Fans Of The HBO Show The Wire Are About To Get A New Show

If you are, or were, a fan of The Wire you are in for some good news. David Simon, the creator of The Wire, has created a new show set in New Orleans: Treme.  Here is a description from The Times-Picayune,

“Treme,” named after the iconic New Orleans neighborhood where many musicians live, will marry one of television’s most prestigious networks with creator David Simon, one of television’s hottest series masterminds.

Simon created HBO’s the “The Wire,” which just completed a five-year run. While not a huge ratings success for the network, “The Wire” was one of the most critically acclaimed shows in television history.

Simon confirmed that HBO will film the first episode of “Treme,” possibly sometime later this year. If HBO gives the green light for more episodes, production would resume in 2009.

Simon, a frequent visitor to the city and a longtime New Orleans music fan, said this week that the stories told in “Treme” would reach beyond the music scene to explore political corruption, the public housing controversy, the crippled criminal-justice system, clashes between police and Mardi Gras Indians, and the struggle to regain the tourism industry after the storm.

“It’s basically a post-Katrina history of the city. It will be rooted in events that everybody knows,” Simon said. “What it’s not going to be is a happy stroll through David Simon’s record collection. It should not be a tourism slide show. If we do it right, it (will be) about why New Orleans matters.”

Anything Simon does is worth watching.

yojoe (in The Wire mode) out

2 Responses

  1. David Simon, one of the creators of The Wire, has a great admiration for Baltimore. He calls the show a love letter to the city. Check out this video he shot for Baltimore’s convention and visitors bureau where he talks about the city that has inspired him. Really a great piece and you can see where his passion comes from.

    http://www.visitmybaltimore.com/members/show/2/23

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