HBO’s renaissance continues Sunday night with the premiere of Treme, David Simon’s new hour-long drama about New Orleans musicians that takes place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Here, four things any informed viewer ought to know before hitting the couch tonight (or whenever you end up watching it).
It’s a Reunion!
With Mr. Simon’s Read More
What do you do after co-creating a television series so critically praised, Slate’s then-editor Jacob Weisberg called it "the best show on television and which prompted The New York Times editorial page’s Nicholas Kulish to write, "If Charles Dickens were alive today, he would watch ‘The Wire,’ unless, that is, he Read More
David Simon is taking some old pals from thedark streets of Baltimore to the desperate landscape of New Orleans for his new HBO pilot, Treme. Wire veterans Wendell Pierce (who played endearingly drunk, yet straight and true detective Bunk) and Clarke Peters (everybody’s favorite fatherly figure) will star in the drama following the reconstruction of Read More
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 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