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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
HBO orders David Simon miniseries The Plot Against America, based on the Philip Roth novel
Simon and his The Wire collaborator Ed Burns are reteaming for the six-part alternate history series that imagines what would've happened if Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh had become president of the United States and turned the country toward fascism in the 1930s and 1940s. The story is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
David Simon's next TV drama should tackle alt-right extremism -- it could be The Wire 2.0
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It's the most important story in America right now," says Tim Goodman, in proposing that The Wire creator delve into the history of alt-right extremism and homegrown American terrorism, which has been in the news over the past two years and especially in the last two weeks. Goodman got the idea from The New York Times Magazine's exhaustive story over the weekend headlined: "U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don't Know How to Stop It" from writer Janet Reitman. "That New York Times story can't be over-sold for its national relevance — it's the story of our now, our until-recently-unspoken national nightmare, our new bogeyman that crept up behind us when we were all looking at Al Qaeda and ISIS and the Middle East," says Goodman. "It's a story so fresh people are still in denial about it being an issue, or even existing, or being a threat that will linger beyond Trump. Great storytellers with sociopolitical vision, like Simon specifically, must see all these interwoven connections and froth at the prospect of telling a complicated, compelling fictional narrative that mirrors the non-fiction story we're living in when the television is off; it's the opportunity to create the next great drama series of their lifetime. This is not wishful thinking. This is not a hopeful prompt for someone to step up and take the challenge. Someone is absolutely going to tell that story. The only question is how quickly they can get started on it because they're already behind, as the Times story so ominously showed. The possibilities are endless for this potential series — and any fan of dense, well-constructed, universe-building dramatic series should be able to see those possibilities as well as root for someone talented to bring them to the small screen. Simon is the logical first choice because his TV series have for the most part sprung from the street-level reporting he did as a journalist and the books that helped spawn those series. What he was able to do with The Wire was see the long-view of Baltimore as an ecosystem and subject matter for myriad stories, tackling drugs, gangs, cops, politics and journalism and the integrated nature of all of them."
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
HBO renews The Deuce for a third and final season
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The David Simon 1970s porn drama starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been given a third season to wrap things up after performing with modest ratings. "We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first," tweeted Simon. "So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, @HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story."
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
David Simon resumes his feud with Twitter with a lengthy rant against "f*ckbonnet" CEO Jack Dorsey
"I thought, Mr. Dorsey, that we had an understanding," The Deuce creator, who quit Twitter, wrote on his blog. "I would not ever concede that telling you or anyone else they ought to die of boils was unjustifiable after their own rhetoric lapsed into abject slander, dishonesty or dishonor, and you — pretending that I had somehow threatened the actual well-being of another human, or that my words were measurably more cruel than telling someone to, say, take a long walk off a short pier or grow like an onion with his head in the ground — would continue to bar me from the demagogue-encrusted, Nazi-profiteering national agora that you call a social-media platform."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
The Deuce's David Simon: "I don’t think I’m ever going to work without an intimacy coordinator again"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The work of Alicia Rodis as intimacy coordinator, or intimacy director, was recently profiled in The New York Times. Simon said he decided to add the position for Season 2 to make sure everybody felt safe on set in wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. “Her job is to facilitate the filming of simulated sex and intimacy in such a way that we’re protecting the emotions and the dignity of everybody who’s involved. ’Cause it’s hard work, a lot harder than violence,” Simon said. “You know, everyone’s an old pro about simulating violence. But I don’t think I’m ever going to work without an intimacy coordinator again. Because the truth is, we knew we were asking a lot of actors and directors and crew in terms of professionalism and to deliver this material bluntly and honestly. But you can ask all you want — at a certain point everybody has to trust everybody.”
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."