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'Katrina' Series Coming To HBO

I'm actually surprised that there haven't been a hell of a lot more Katrina-themed movies and tv shows. After all, Hollywood is known for unapologetically capitalizing on real-life tragedy for its own financial gain. I figured Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay would have teamed up by now to bring us some laughable, over-bloated, mega-budgeted Katrina disaster movie with Shia Labeouf in the lead, and Megan Fox as his love interest! Guess they are actually smarter than I've ever given them credit for.

That The Wire creator, David Simon, is developing a series titled Treme, on post-Katrina New Orleans, for HBO, is exciting - if the critical and commercial acclaim of The Wire is indicative of what to expect.

From the
New York Times:

- HBO has given the green light to three television pilots: a comedy based on a book about the sexual exploits of a Capitol Hill staffer, a look at post-Katrina New Orleans by the creator of "The Wire," and a drama about Atlantic City in the 1920s...

... The New Orleans drama, titled "Treme," was written by David Simon, the creator of the inner city Baltimore series "The Wire." According to Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the pilot picks up a few months after Katrina. "Though the show's main storylines will focus on musicians, other elements of the city's unique culture will be spotlighted," Mr. Walker writes. "One of the pilot script's principal characters, Simon said, runs a restaurant."


  1. albertine said...

    Was having a similar convo with some friends last week. where's all the Katrina movie love? Tim Russert's getting a movie. Ingrid Betancourt. Even George W.


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