"This April 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of Treme, the New Orleans-set ensemble drama that Simon co-created with Eric Overmyer, as his big, sweeping follow-up to The Wire," says Noel Murray. "The show ran for four seasons, and drew a fiercely devoted following, albeit a small one. In 2015, Simon returned with Show Me A Hero, a six-part miniseries (co-written with William F. Zorzi) about the fight over desegregating housing in Yonkers, New York. Then Simon rounded out the decade by collaborating with George Pelecanos on The Deuce, a lightly fictionalized journey through the pornography and prostitution business in New York City’s Times Square, from the ’70s to the ’80s. None of these series ever had the buzz of The Wire, which itself always under-performed with viewers and awards voters. But they all expanded on the ideas in Simon’s ’00s work in unexpected ways—largely by shaking loose of genre altogether. While it’s true that The Wire was always more than just a cop show, and Generation Kill more than just a war story, it’s even harder to pin down where any of Simon’s recent shows fit, genre-wise."
TOPICS: David Simon, HBO, The Deuce, Show Me a Hero, Treme, The Wire