Familiar faces in HBO's New Orleans pilot

Thu Aug 7, 2008 5:02am EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "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.

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