David Simon and Eric Overmyer met when they worked as writers on the show Homicide: Life on the Streets. The two men teamed up again for The Wire, Simon’s critically-acclaimed HBO series set on the streets of Baltimore. Now Simon and Overmyer have set their cameras on post-Katrina New Orleans, where they have written and produced a new HBO series, Treme.
Unlike The Wire, Treme is not about drugs or rampant corruption among city officials. Instead, the series follows ordinary New Orleans citizens as they attempt to rebuild their lives following Hurricane Katrina. Overmyer tells Terry Gross that the decision to leave the grittiness behind in Baltimore was a conscious choice.