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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
The Wire: Ranking every episode of the HBO classic series
The worst episode of David Simon's beloved HBO drama series happens to be its most-watched.
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 12:34PM EDT
David Simon leaves Twitter after getting banned for the second time
The Wire creator penned a blog post titled “Fare thee well, scrotelicks" in response to Twitter apparently suspended him a second time, for tweeting that he hopes Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey "dies of boils." “I find it harder and harder to believe that Jack Dorsey or the others engaged in regulating speech on his horror-show of a platform are unaware that their detached and dystopic vision of what is responsible speech and what is in fact crippling to our republic is not a solution,” he wrote. “Having given us Twitter, they are in this moment, ruinous to its best purposes.”
Posted Tuesday 7/03/18 at 3:01PM EDT
David Simon returns to Twitter jail
The Wire creator's wife, author Laura Lippman, tweeted that her husband was suspended from Twitter again after refusing to take down a June 22 tweet urging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to "die of boils."
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
David Simon lashes out at President Trump while tweeting that two friends are "unaccounted for" in Capital Gazette newspaper shooting
The Wire creator was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun prior to working in television. The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed today, is owned by the The Sun. In response to the shooting, Simon lashed out at Trump for calling the press the "enemy of the people." Simon told one Twitter user who urged him to stop blaming Trump, "Two of my friends are still unaccounted for because they were working in that newsroom as 'enemies of the people' according to this US president." One of those friends was assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, whom Simon later learned died in today's shooting. Simon tweeted of Hiaasen: "Husband, father of three, careful reporter and editor. Committed, lifelong newspaperman and journalist. Fine, wonderful soul." ALSO: CNN decided not to censor the F-word in Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a shooting witness.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 6:10PM EDT
The Wire's David Simon returns from two-week Twitter suspension to blast its CEO
“Die of boils, @jack. Yup. There it is. The sum total of my crime against Twitter,” Simon tweeted on Friday to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, following his two-week suspension. "I've told you to drop dead, as I told libelers and liars to drop dead. You can say that constitutes a threat, but that would be empty and embarrassing. I hold no dominion over life & death." Simon added: "I’ve given you two patient weeks, @jack, to engage in any coherent, honorable and intellectually honest way with the substance of my appeal of a 01110011101-brained conceputalization of rhetoric that honors slander and falsehood but cannot somehow abide mere insult. Nothing."
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi: Anthony Bourdain helped me get over my feelings of "imposter syndrome" when Top Chef started
"When the show started in 2006, I was surrounded by top-tier professional chefs," Lakshmi writes. "I had already published a book about food, had another coming out and had done a cooking show and a couple Planet Food documentaries for Food Network, but I still felt people thought I was just a model and what did I know about food? I hadn’t been to culinary school. I have never worked the line in a kitchen. Through our friendship, Tony taught me to feel pride in my own view of the world. We both relished travel and were transformed by it. He cared about me and my history and how that related to food. He was interested in everyone’s opinion. He taught me that no person’s opinion about food was too small to matter."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
The Wire creator David Simon slams Twitter for blocking him from his account
The Deuce co-creator got in heated exchanges with Twitter users earlier this week, resulting in him being placed in Twitter's penalty box. On his blog, Simon wrote that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should "die of boils," adding: "As far as I’m concerned, your standards in this instance are exactly indicative of why social media — and Twitter specifically — is complicit in transforming our national agora into a haven for lies, disinformation and the politics of totalitarian extremity. The real profanity and disease on the internet is untouched, while you police decorum.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
The Wire's David Simon will next tackle the Spanish Civil War
Simon and his literary team of George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane are working on A Dry Run, a six-episode miniseries about the American Abraham Lincoln Battalion who went to Spain to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War. The proposed series doesn't have a network, and Simon is working with Spanish producer Mediapro to raise funds to pay for it.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
The Wire ended 10 years ago today
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The fifth and final season finale of the acclaimed HBO series aired on March 9, 2008, finishing up its most polarizing and perhaps disappointing season. But in retrospect, was Season 5 really that bad? "The first four seasons of The Wire are still great, better than anything you’re convincing yourself to watch this week," says Darren Franich. "The fifth season of The Wire has a stranger reputation. I revisited it late last year for the first time since 2008... Its main fault is still its most obvious: A new plot thread about the decline of print journalism feels preachy like The Wire never did. The lying reporter Scott Templeton (Tom McCarthy) is, I think, the only truly irredeemable character the show ever conjured up, his villainy so telegraphed and so clearly symbolic. There are mass murderers on The Wire with more virtues than Templeton. (McCarthy was clearly so disturbed by the role that he performed elaborate print-journalist penance and directed Spotlight.) But a decade later, the fifth season of The Wire looks better, or at least more purposefully weird. Simon’s work is strenuously realist." ALSO: What would The Wire be like in Trump's America?
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
John C. Reilly could've played McNulty on The Wire
Source: The A.V. Club
David Simon revealed how Reilly was almost cast in Jonathan Abrams' new oral history book All the Pieces Matter, which GQ has an excerpt out specifically focusing on the casting of each character. "I thought John C. Reilly could be a different McNulty, certainly not the same, but I thought he could carry all of the excesses and vices of McNulty in a different way," said Simon. "I've loved his work in a lot of stuff."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
HBO and David Simon prevent a Wire actor's plans to put on “The Wire: A Stage Play"
Source: The Baltimore Sun
Norris Davis, who appeared on seven episodes of the HBO series, had been billing his play as a spinoff of The Wire with the two main characters named Avon Barksdale and Chris Partlow. But after talking to HBO, he has opted to change the play's title and connection to The Wire, but he plans to keep his characters' names.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
Reg E. Cathey dies: The Wire star won an Emmy for House of Cards
Cathey, 59, played Frank Underwood’s favorite D.C. rib cook Freddy Hayes, a role that earned him three consecutive Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor, including a win in 2015. Cathey also famously played political operative Norman Wilson on The Wire. “Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set,” tweeted The Wire creator David Simon. “On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.” House of Cards creator Beau Willimon added: "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed."
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Read an excerpt from The Wire’s oral history book
Source: The Ringer
Jonathan Abrams’ All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire comes out Feb. 13, offering details such as the origins of Clay Davis’ “sheeeeeeeit.” ALSO: Austin’s ATX Festival will honor David Simon.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
The Wire’s David Simon plans to adapt Philip Roth’s novel The Plot Against America for TV
Simon confirmed plans for a six-part miniseries that he’s shopping to networks. The Plot Against America imagines a world in which famed aviator and isolationist Charles Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, and strikes a deal with Germany and Japan to keep the U.S. out of World War II.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
The Deuce’s David Simon: We had no problems with James Franco
“I’m still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn’t there,” The Deuce co-creator said in a statement. “Personally I can only speak knowledgeably to The Deuce. I’ve checked with all my fellow producers and other personnel. We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco. Nor has HBO been approached with any complaint. In our experience, he was entirely professional as an actor, director, and producer.”