'Treme,' 'When the Levees Broke': Notes from HBO's press tour

wendell-pierce-treme-320.jpgHBO's New Orleans-set series "Treme" will debut in the spring, and Spike Lee is also headed back to the Crescent City for a followup to "When the Levees Broke."

"Treme," created by David Simon ("The Wire") and Eric Overmyer ("Homicide"), is set to premiere in April. It follows a group of people in New Orleans trying to rebuild their lives and the city post-Hurricane Katrina. It stars "Wire" veterans Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, along with Khandi Alexander ("CSI: Miami," "The Corner"), Steve Zahn ("Sunshine Cleaning"), Kim Dickens ("Deadwood," "Lost"), Rob Brown ("The Express"), Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") and John Goodman ("Roseanne," "The Princess and the Frog").

"New Orleans is a city which lives in the imagination of the whole world," Overmyer. "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."

Lee, meanwhile, will begin shooting the followup to "When the Levees Broke" this week. He will look at the progress New Orleans has and hasn't made in the four-plus years since Hurricane Katrina and check in with some of the people Lee profiled in his original documentary.

The untitled film is scheduled to air in August to coincide with the five-year mark of the storm hitting the city.

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