HBO releases trailer for their new series “Treme”, featuring a selection from “Congo Square”
Ever since HBO’s critically acclaimed masterpiece ‘The Wire’ went off the air two years ago, fans have been waiting to see what creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer would come up with next.
So when word came out that they were going to take on one of the most complicated issues in the country — the effort to rebuild New Orleans in the aftermath of 2005’s devastating Hurricane Katrina — fans and pundits alike were both intrigued by the idea and dismayed at the wait for the project to actually materialize. Could the team from ‘The Wire’ find their magic again? And, if so, could even they do the subject matter justice?
Well, the long wait is over, and judging by HBO’s new trailer for ‘Treme’ (premiering Apr. 11), we have our answers: yes, and yes. In just a brief 97 seconds, HBO has managed to raise anticipation for ‘Treme’ to a whole new level — all without revealing a single word of dialogue. Instead, accompanied by a perfectly chosen soundtrack (from Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy’s ‘Congo Square’ project), we get shots of the principal actors (including ‘The Wire’s’ Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, as well as John Goodman, Steve Zahn and Melissa Leo) and, more importantly, a sense of the powerful style and soul of the show.