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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 Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
One Dollar fails with its $1 gimmick
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The gimmick of a dollar changing ends of confusing viewers of the CBS All Access drama, says Tim Goodman. "Clarity is not a strong suit of One Dollar and, unfortunately, that ambiguity is played off as a creatively mysterious gambit that fuels the series when in reality it just makes things murky and uninteresting," he says. "Blame the dollar bill. But whatever the construction series creator and writer Jason Mosberg was going for here remains not only vague but annoyingly suspect, as if the concept of the dollar floating around town and into various characters' hands was enough to keep viewers interested in a large, ambling mystery without a ton of forward momentum." ALSO: One Dollar has a lot in common with The Wire Season 2.
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 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 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 Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
After The Wire, some of its stars had trouble finding acting work because they weren't viewed as actors
Source: Los Angeles Times
"It was so authentic, people thought we weren't actors," says Gbenga Akinnagbe in a Los Angeles Times article on the post-Wire careers of the stars of the classic HBO series. "At industry events, people would ask, 'What are you doing here?' And I'd say, 'What do you mean?' and they'd say, 'What are you doing out of Baltimore?'" Jamie Hector, who played Marlo Stanfield, had to remind industry people that he trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Still, he says, "I'd rather be pigeonholed than no holed. At least I was working." Other Wire stars found success by joining shows run by Wire fans, such as The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf, or shows by The Wire creator David Simon.
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 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
The Wire's Wood Harris to star on ABC's The Mission pilot
He'll play a cop on the proposed series about cops on the beat.
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 Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Read an oral history of The Wire's five-minute "F*ck" scene
The excerpt is from Jonathan Abrams' new book on the HBO series, All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire, which is out today.
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.