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HBO sets April premiere for new David Simon drama

"TREME," the new HBO series from David Simon and Eric Overmyer, will debut in April on HBO, the premium cable channel announced Thursday.

The first season will consist of 10 episodes with the story set in New Orleans starting in the fall of 2005, three months after Hurricane Katrina.

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The series, which is filmed in New Orleans, follows "musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleanians as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of 2005 hurricane," according to HBO press materials.

"New Orleans is a city which lives in the imagination of the world," Overmyer is quoted as saying in the HBO release. "We wanted to capture something authentic about it, as its people struggle with the after effects of the greatest calamity to befall an American city in the history of this country."

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"What happens in New Orleans matters," Simon is quoted as saying. "An ascendant society rebuilds its great cities.

The cast includes: Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Clark Peters, Melissa Leo, Rob Brown  and John Goodman.


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