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'Treme' Writer David Mills Dies After Collapsing on Set

Sad news coming out of the New Orleans set of the new HBO series 'Treme': writer and producer David Mills collapsed Tuesday on the set and later passed away at a local hospital. According to the Times-Picayune site, Mills had a brain aneurysm. Mills was head writer and producer on the show, which is about how a group of people of New Orleans rebuild their lives after Hurricane Katrina. Mills won two Emmys for his writing and producing on the HBO miniseries 'The Corner' and wrote for several other shows as well, including 'ER,' 'Homicide: Life on the Street,' 'Kingpin,' 'NYPD Blue,' and was a story editor on the CBS drama 'Picket Fences.' He also wrote for several newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. Treme' premieres on April 11. Source Here

HBO Promo: New Footage of 'True Blood' and More

HBO is getting full throttle in promoting its summer and spring line-up. The cable has just released a promo of "Everyone's waiting, everyone's looking, everyone's watching. Are you?" that gives a glimpse of all its new and returning programs including the highly-anticipated third season of "True Blood" (June 13). HBO will premiere two new series "Treme" and "Boardwalk Empire". The former is coming from the creators of "The Wire", chronicling the rebuilding of New Orleans from the eyes of local musicians. Starring Steve Zahn, Melissa Leo and Khandi Alexander among others, the drama will debut on April 11. Then in fall came "Boardwalk" which is starring Steve Buscemi. With Martin Scorsese as executive producer, the drama takes place in 1920s Atlantic City when prohibition was going strong, and the selling of alcohol was a booming and profitable business. Beside new series, the cable has also acquired the rights to some box office movies such as "The Hangover", "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs". Most will premiere on Sundays under the "See It First Sundays". One of HBO's new original films this season is "You Don't Know Jack", a movie by Barry Levinson that comes April 24. It stars Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian aka Dr. Death who assisted at least 100 patients to suicide. Already running on screen are the miniseries "The Pacific" from producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and comedy drama "How to Make It in America". Source & Preview

Another Look at 'Treme' Through New Trailer

After a teaser trailer without any plot or human being in sight, HBO releases the trailer of "Treme" that has the characters but still little of the plot. The new series is a post-katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. From David Simon, creator of "The Wire", "Treme" begins in fall 2005, three months after Hurricane Katrina and the massive engineering failure in which flood control failed throughout New Orleans, flooding 80 percent of the city and displacing hundreds of thousands of residents. Fictional events depicted in the series will honor the actual chronology of political, economic and cultural events following the storm. Starring in the series are Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, Rob Brown, and Steve Zahn among others. HBO plan to premiere it on April 11. But before that, there will be a charity event held on March 27 to benefit New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Several items to be auctioned are an extra role on "Treme", a character named after the bidder, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and several tickets to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Source & Trailer

HBO Drama Treme to Debut in April

HBO plans an April debut for Treme, a drama series that follows New Orleans residents as they piece their lives, homes and the city's culture back together in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. The show takes place three months after the hurricane flooded 80 percent of the city in late August 2005. While fictional, the series is based on actual political, economic and cultural events that followed the devastation. The series was created by David Simon - the creator of HBO's gritty crime drama The Wire - and Wire producer Eric Overmyer. "As much as possible, we're trying to show fealty to the post-Katrina history," Overmyer said. He added that residents "have had their lives transformed by the storm and its aftermath, and we want to be careful in our presentation of that." Treme's cast includes Wendell Pierce, Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Steven Zahn, among others. Musicians such as Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint will make cameos. The series borrows its title from the name of the neighborhood where jazz is said to be born -- Faubourg Treme. Treme's first season will have 10 episodes, including an extended 80-minute pilot. HBO has yet to set an exact premiere date. Source Here

Treme: The First Official Preview

Listen up, fans of The Wire. Later this year, David Simon - the creator of what many consider to be the best drama in TV history - follows up The Wire with a series titled Treme. Set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the show stars Wendell Pierce Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Melissa Leo, Rob Brown and Steve Zahn. It's tentatively scheduled to premiere on April 11 and HBO has released the first official preview for Treme. Check it out and let us know: Will you be tuning in? Source & Preview

HBO Picks Up Treme

From THR: " The Wire creator David Simon has a new series on HBO , the New Orleans-set Treme ." The size of the series order is still being determined, with the network eyeing a fall debut. "Treme" is a post-Katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. Simon co-created the project with longtime New Orleans resident Eric Overmyer, after the two former "Homicide" writers had discussed doing a show set in the Big Easy for years. "New Orleans is one of the most unique and essential American places, which is also very vulnerable," Simon said. The "Treme" cast is led by another New Orleans native, Wendell Pierce, and includes Steve Zahn, Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Melissa Leo, Kim Dickens and Rob Brown. Despite featuring "Wire" alums Pierce and Peters, people expecting the same show will be disappointed, Simon said. "This is not a 'Wire' redo with a New Orleans soundtrack," he said. "It's more of a character study looking at people trying to reconstruct their lives after their city has been destroyed and at a city that a living, breathing organism." The series will continue to be filmed in the Crescent City, where the pilot was shot. Simon and Overmyer are exec producing with Nina K. Noble and Carolyn Strauss. David Mills is co-exec producing. The order for "Treme" follows HBO's series pickups of three new comedies: Hung , "Bored to Death" and "How to Make It in America." The network has one more strong possible contender on the drama side in the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot "Boardwalk Empire," which has not been completed. Source