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 Read More
The 60th Annual Emmy Awards nominations have been announced, and as Gillian Reagan points out on our sister blog, Culture Czar, quality television purveyor HBO was shut out of the Best Drama category. There wasn’t even a spot for The Wire, which finished its final season beneath an avalanche of critical Read More
Critics who got an early look at Generation Kill, the new HBO miniseries about the first 40 days of the Iraq war created by Wire masterminds David Simon and Ed Burns, were treated to more than the first five (of seven) episodes on DVD. As part of a multipacket press kit, they also received a Read More
Amy Ryan, the gal who starred as "Beadie" Russell on The Wire, will reprise her role as human resources representative Holly Flax on The Office next season. Ms. Ryan appeared in last year’s season finale as a puppy love interested of Steve Carell’s character, Michael Scott. "I don’t know what they’re going to do with Read More
On Saturday night at Tribeca Film Festival’s premiere of Tennessee, we caught up with the righteous and stern Lieutenant Daniels from The Wire, also known as Lance Reddick.
“The funny thing for me about life after The Wire is that I’ve worked more since The Wire than I did the whole time I was Read More
At the Columbia Journalism School on Wednesday night, David Simon, the former crime reporter and creator of HBO’s massively popular urban drama series The Wire, didn’t waste any time before he started blasting his ex-bosses at The Baltimore Sun, the overall quality of American newspapers and, harshest of all, newsrooms that are more concerned with Read More
If David Simon is Captain Ahab, then call me Ishmael. Mr. Simon, the newspaper-reporter-turned-television-producer, stands accused of unhealthy obsession because he is using the current season of The Wire to revisit his old workplace, The Baltimore Sun.
In the HBO program, in profiles and interviews, and in an Esquire essay, Mr. Simon has revived an Read More
This is a bit off the beaten track, but we couldn’t help noticing that an ongoing inter-blog discussion about the socio-political implications of the official "Greatest TV Show Ever", The Wire (whose upcoming season, by the way, takes viewers inside the newsroom of The Baltimore Sun), has been joined by none Read More
On Sunday night, Jan. 6, HBO will broadcast the first episode of the fifth, and last, season of The Wire. To assure fans: The show continues to offer perhaps the most loving and damning portrait of Baltimore ever put to film, from the cops to the teachers to the drug dealers to the politicians who Read More
Wendell Pierce, who plays the lovable drunk detective William "Bunk" Moreland on HBO’s The Wire, told Reuters that getting props from drug dealers who watch the show was "the highest compliment." According to actual police detectives who listen in on real phone taps for drug cases, "the chatter went dead during the show’s hour-long Read More