More details on "Tremé" the series



We now have more specifics about Tremé, the David Simon pilot that will be shooting in New Orleans this fall. Nellie Andreeva of The Hollywood Reporter spills the (red) beans:

"The Wire" creator David Simon is recruiting some old friends for his new HBO pilot.

"Wire" alumni Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters are set to star in "Treme," a post-Katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians.

Khandi Alexander, who worked with Simon on "The Corner" and is coming off CBS' "CSI: Miami," is in final negotiations for a role.

Pierce will play Antoine Batiste, an accomplished jazz trombonist who is now scratching for gigs, trying to support a live-in girlfriend and a new baby, while still carrying a torch for a failed marriage to Ladonna Batiste (Alexander), the mother of his two children, who is single-handedly keeping her bar afloat. Peters will play Albert Lambreaux, a big chief of the White Feather Nation trying to bring the tribe's members home.

"Treme," which Simon created with Eric Overmyer, takes its title from an area in New Orleans.

First impressions:

- That plot description could go either way, verisimilitude-wise, but given Simon and Overmyer's cred, scoop 'em up a heaping benefit of the doubt....

- Two big pluses: All the folks on The Wire were outstanding actors and Khandi Alexander is similarly excellent...

- Overmyer is a part-time resident, so he can probably be counted upon to know that "Cher" is a Chris Owens-like, ageless entertainer rather than a term of endearment in the Seventh Ward.

Hopeful signs. We'll see.

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