Excitement Building For HBO’s ‘Tremé’

by | March 25, 2010 at 2:49 PM | Treme, TV News

Wendell Pierce in Treme (HBO)

Wendell Pierce in Treme (HBO)

Anticipation for HBO’s upcoming post-Katrina New Orleans drama ‘Tremé‘ has become palpable – and that’s not just because of the first three episodes that recently arrived at our office.

Released last week, a new trailer for the series sparked an outpouring of comments across the web, from the enthusiastic “So excited!” to the cautiously optimistic “Hope he gets it right!”

The “he” in this case refers to Emmy-winning ‘Wire‘ maestro and co-creator of ‘Tremé,’ David Simon, and the “it,” capturing the spirit of a vibrant city left devastated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

In a recent lengthy New York Times Magazine profile piece on Simon and the series, Wyatt Mason contends the sense of eagerness for ‘Tremé’ can be attributed to the Godlike status Simon himself has cultivated through his work on ‘The Wire.’

“Given the role in which Simon himself has lately been cast by critics and viewers,” Mason writes, “Expectations for Tremé couldn’t be higher.”

Critic Dave Walker at the New Orleans Time Picayune is even running a countdown clock ticking away the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until ‘Tremé’s April 11th premiere.

But perhaps the folks at NPR’s “A Blog Supreme” summed up the excitement best, with a simple and emphatic: “We can’t wait.”

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For the uninitiated: Starring ‘Wire’ alums Clarke Peters (Det. Lester Freamon), and Wendell Pierce (Det. William ‘”Bunk” Moreland), ‘Tremé’ follows the intersecting paths of musicians, chefs and every day New Orleanians as they attempt to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Stay tuned for an interview with Pierce in the coming weeks. For now, set your DVR’s for April 11 and watch a teaser for ‘Tremé’ below:

If you’re a Comcast HBO subscriber there’s something even more juicy in store for you – a “Making Of Treme” video, right here.