According to The Hollywood Reporter, certain aspects of the deal for the New Orleans set drama are still up in the air, including how many episodes the pick-up is for and when the series will premiere, though it's expected that a fall launch will be in the cards.
Simon created "Treme," set in post-Katrina New Orleans, with Eric Overmyer ("Homicide").
The series is believed to look at the rebuilding of New Orleans, focusing specifically on a group of local musicians. The pilot was shot in the Big Easy and subsequent episodes will also be filmed in New Orleans.
While Showtime just completed a development season in which the network notoriously rejected all of its ordered pilots, HBO has been been busy adding to its stable. In addition to "Treme," HBO has a trio of new comedies -- "Hung," "Bored to Death" and "How to Make It in America." -- heading for premiere, while the Martin Scorsese-directed drama "Boardwalk Empire" will be considered when the pilot is completed.
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