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David Simon, the mastermind behind

The Wire - which some critics and a small-but-loyal band of fans consider among the best TV shows ever - has recruited a few familiar faces to his new HBO pilot,

Treme. Khandi Alexander (medical examiner Alexx Woods on CSI: Miami) is in "final negotiations" to play a mother of two on the drama about life in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Alexander may return to CSI:Miami as a guest star in the future. Treme - whose title comes from the name of a Big Easy neighborhood famous for its music and musicians - will also star Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, both of whom played detectives on The Wire. Pierce's Treme character, Antoine Batiste, is a jazz trombonist struggling to find work - while still pining after Alexander's Ladonna, his former wife. - Nina Hämmerling Smith