HBO Greenlights David Simon's Post-Katrina NOLA Series

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Treme, named after one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans, already sports a weighty cast which includes The Wire alums Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, both of whom played detectives in Simon's critically acclaimed series. Other actors on board include Oscar-winning Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Steve Zahn (That Thing You Do), Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami) and Kim Dickens (Deadwood). Most interesting of Simon's casting decisions is Phyllis Montana LeBlanc, a Katrina victim and memoirist who made her first on-screen appearance in Spike Lee's documentary, When the Levees Broke.