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'The Wire' Creator David Simon and his New Orleans pilot 'Treme'

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Davidsimontreme_lThe more I hear about David Simon’s potential new HBO series Treme, set in post-Katrina New Orleans, the more exciting it sounds. We’ve previously posted on some of the casting news here and here, and a recent interview with Simon about the project has helped build it up even more. Simon talked with The Canadian Press outside Vaughan’s Lounge near the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. He discussed how his show will avoid the usual tourist spots in the French Quarter and delve into the grittier neighborhoods that have been “under-chronicled.” I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have chronicle neglected urban communities, especially in a city, as he says, “with an ornate and essential culture and musical tradition that is maybe one of the most original things America ever invented.” What do you think PopWatchers? Is Simon a good fit for the Big Easy? Will he have as deft a hand when he’s not on his home turf in Baltimore?

More on David Simon from EW:
High ‘Wire’: The End of a Masterpiece
TV Review: ‘Generation Kill’
‘Generation Kill’: Too Good to Languish in DVR Hell!

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