The Wire’s Seth Gilliam Slams Emmys

Seth Gilliam issued some fightin’ words to Emmy board members on BBC’s Live 5 show this morning. Mr. Gilliam, who played Sgt. Ellis Carver on HBO’s The Wire, criticized them for snubbing the show, which had only one nomination this year. He added that his series "deals with inner-city civil servants, and the Emmys would rather fantasize about lawyers and romance."

BBC News has more from the interview:

"It’s a show about a blue collar town. It’s not very flashy and glamorous. There aren’t a lot of shootings in every episode and there isn’t a lot of flesh and nipples."

Gilliam, who had initially been looking forward to the Emmys said the cast and crew had now turned their backs on the awards.

"The Emmys will in no way validate the quality of the material we put out there.

"We take a little pride in not being nominated."