May 6, 2009 / 4:39 AM / 11 years ago

New Orleans drama gets HBO slot

A man cycles past vacant lots near the site where the levee was breached during Hurricane Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, in a 2007 photo. REUTERS/Lee Celano

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After loading up on comedies with three new series pickups, HBO is adding drama to the mix with the post-Katrina-themed “Treme.”

The series from David Simon (“The Wire,” “Generation Kill”) chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. It is being shot in the Crescent City.

The show’s cast includes Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Steve Zahn, Kim Dickens and Bob Brown.

The number of episodes is still being determined, with the pay cable network eyeing a fall debut.

In December, HBO picked up three comedy series: “Hung,” “Bored to Death” and “How to Make It in America.”

The network has one more strong possible contender on the drama side in the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot “Boardwalk Empire,” which has not been completed.

Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters

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