Articles for The Wire Season 5

HBO‘s The Wire returned to the screen last week, marking the beginning of the show‘s fifth and final run. “I‘ve had about four months to get used to it,” show star Clarke Peters told TV Guide when asked how he felt about The Wire, which is shot primarily in Baltimore, coming to end.  “You‘re not seeing the crew anymore, you‘re not working on the stories, so Baltimore seems to be fading into the background, but I like Baltimore, so I‘m here.” Read more »
Felicia “Snoop” Pearson may be a perfect fit for her role on HBO‘s The Wire, but the circumstances that landed her the part were purely coincidental. “I met Michael K. Williams, [who plays Omar Little on the show] in a nightclub [called] Club One,” Pearson told Orlando Weekly.  “He kept looking at me, so I asked my cousin, ‘Man, who is that guy that keep lookin‘ at me?‘  So my cousin was like ‘Who, Omar?‘  And I said, ‘Who the hell is that?  You know him?‘  And he said, ‘Yeah, that‘s the one that play on The Wire.‘  So finally Omar came over and said, ‘Let me ask you a question, are you a girl or boy?‘” Read more »
The current season of HBO‘s The Wire is its last, but apparently, this has not been enough to convince viewers to tune in to the show religiously.  As per the Baltimore Sun, the show saw another decline in its viewership last week, down 339, 000 viewers from the previous week‘s audience of 1.185 million – a loss of 29 percent. The network reasoned that the drop in show viewership was due to tough competition, namely the New York Giants/ Green Bay Packers football game on NBC‘s Sunday Night Football program.  However, the total number of viewers for The Wire has also dropped this season – 23 percent from last year, as per the figures given by the cable network. Read more »
Actress Amy Ryan doesn‘t have much to say about what viewers can expect to see in the upcoming episodes of The Wire‘s final season. This isn‘t because she wants to tease fans of the show by withholding juicy information. Rather, it‘s because she has chosen to keep herself out of the loop as well. “I know the story because it was told to me by [series creator] David Simon, but I wouldn‘t read the scripts on purpose because I wanted to be surprised, too,” Ryan, who plays Officer “Beadie” Russell on the HBO drama, told TV Guide.  “I did go snooping through one script, and I was like, ‘Oh, no! I ruined one of the biggest things.‘ I was so bummed.” Read more »
For all its greatness, The Wire has never been an uplifting show. Policemen and politicians, educators and ex-cons all try to do good work, but drugs and corruption run too deep in the city of Baltimore. In the fourth season, a character said, “No one wins. One side just loses more slowly,” and though he was talking about football, the same could be said for the war on drugs. Read more »
The end is near for HBO‘s The Wire, which will air its series finale on Sunday, March 9, following five critically acclaimed seasons of realistic portrayal of urban life and uncommonly deep exploration of sociological themes. Read on to find out what‘s in store for the series finale. Read more »
The best show on TV signed off tonight as HBO‘s The Wire aired its series finale. The panoramic look at the city of Baltimore and the war on drugs went out with an impressive episode that wrapped up many loose ends, provided closure to the characters, and still showed us that the real story isn‘t even close to being done.The epitaph was the end of a quote by H.L. Mencken, “…the life of kings.” The full quote appeared on the wall of The Baltimore Sun, and it serves as a mission statement for The Wire and its creator, David Simon: “I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.” Read more »
Last Sunday The Wire, HBO‘s critically adored drama, ended its five-season run with a final blow that tied up loose ends instead of leaving its characters suspended in time a la Sopranos‘ smash-cut to black finale.  Nevertheless, the ending of what many consider to be one of the greatest series on television could also mean the beginning of a new majestic drama that only show runner David Simon could deliver.At present, Simon is in Los Angeles working on his upcoming project for HBO called Generation Kill, a seven-hour scripted miniseries based on the true story of Marines fighting in the Iraq war. Read more »
Recently, reports about a spin-off for the 1990‘s most popular teen soap, Beverly Hills 90210 circulated.  Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas was hired to write the pilot for the spin-off, which would hopefully be picked up by one of the major networks.  In fact, as the pilot is currently in the works, casting rumors and announcements have circulated, bringing into discussion names such as Tristan Wilds, Michael Steger and teenybopper Hilary Duff.  One thing‘s for sure though, The Wire actor is certainly taking the lead on the newest remake of all time. Read more »
The Television Critics Association (TCA), one of the few organizations that dole out pats on the backs to people in Hollywood, has announced the nominations for its TCA Awards, and as expected, the turf is full of familiar names. Leading all networks with nominations is perpetual award winner HBO, which earned at least 10 nods. The closing chapters of The Wire takes the lead for all shows with four nominations, including Program of the Year, Achievement in Drama, Individual Achievement in Drama (for creator David Simon), and the annual Heritage Award, which is granted to the show that has displayed worthy social impact beyond the screen. Read more »
While accepting the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Miniseries for John Adams, executive producer Tom Hanks was thankful that the TCA Awards are not televised due to his random, somewhat dirty humor. After attending Saturday night‘s ceremony, I feel just the opposite, because the awards themselves and particularly the acceptance speeches were so hilarious that it‘s a shame more people don‘t get to see them,The TCA Awards recognize the best in television, and this year the awards were divided among three shows: 30 Rock, Mad Men and the HBO miniseries John Adams.  In an odd moment of mutual adoration from critics and the industry, those just happen to be the three most nominated programs at this year‘s Emmys. Read more »
The stars of critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire are beefing up the cast of an upcoming drama called Treme, with the likes of Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters joining the latter‘s roster.  Not a few days back, it was reported that CSI: Miami‘s favorite coroner Khandi Alexander will also be heading to New Orleans.This comes as no surprise, however, as the producer of The Wire David Simon created Treme, a post-Katrina drama that looks at the iconic New Orleans neighborhood that has produced a lot of famed musicians. Read more »
The Office producer Greg Daniels has finally revealed the premise of NBC‘s upcoming sitcom starring Amy Poehler. Originally set to be a spin-off of The Office, the series premise changed after Poehler came on board. The show will instead follow the office of Leslie Knope (Poehler), a mid-level bureaucrat in the department of Parks and Recreations in Pawnee, Indiana. Daniels and fellow Office producer Mike Schur are both on board to steer the untitled show, which Schur currently refers to as “The Untitled Amy Poehler Project.” Read more »
Idris Elba has a lot on his plate nowadays. He‘s now starring in the new thriller called Obsessed, in which he finds himself being fought over by Beyoncé Knowles (as his wife) and Ali Larter (as her psychotic rival). He has also been cast in the action crime movie Takers, and the action film The Finest, as well as the adventure drama The Losers. Most recently, however, Elba took a stab at the small screen as The Office‘s new boss, Charles Miner - a role he wasn‘t expecting to book at all.   Read more »
Make that two new faces when four familiar ones bid farewell to Dillon.Friday Night Lights have cast Matt Lauria and Michael B. Jordan to play two new characters when the show returns to DirecTV in October, and to NBC in the summer.And yes, as an aside, it‘s pretty funny that both actors‘ names are similar to two other celebrities.  Yep, Michael Jordan and... Matt Lauer.  He counts, right?  Read more »
Ever since The Wire wrapped up, fans have been waiting for the next David Simon project. The creator now introduces a new HBO drama known as Treme, which refers to a New Orleans neighborhood dedicated to music. It is, however, also known for its crime rate.PHOTOS: See Your Favorite Stars from The Wire and TremeBut what Treme really focuses on is what takes place in the city three months after Hurricane Katrina. This premise is already difficult, but creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer know how to pull it off. Read more »
Hold on tight; here is a quick rundown of the latest TV news... in 300 words.Farewell My BoysTBS announced today that after four seasons they are canceling My Boys. I never watched the show but I always kind of liked that it was there, doing its thing. My friend‘s family loves the show; they will be very sad to see it go. [EW]  Read more »
2011 Comic-Con starts this Wednesday (if you count preview night, which we do!) and our interview countdown is winding down with Executive Story editor for Warehouse 13, Deric Hughes. Hughes will be one of the panelists appearing at BuddyTV‘s "Obsession: "How TV and Movies Go from Fascination to Phenomenon" panel this Thursday (July 21 at 11am in Room 23ABC). He recently took some time to talk about Warehouse 13‘s new character Jinks,  favorites moments and Comic-Con (having gone to every Comic-Con since ‘95 he‘s a real expert).   Read more »
No, it‘s not a sci-fi, adventure or comic-based show, but that doesn‘t mean that Community couldn‘t be a hit at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. On the contrary, Community turned out to be one of the more popular panels of the event -- a line of thousands waited to get in. Read more »
Ignore the super-sweet title. Forget the sound-bite descriptions about a doctor who learns the meaning of life from a dead woman. Don‘t recall the many overly-sweet ghosts of pop culture.None of that has anything to do with A Gifted Man. Because none of that does justice to this complicated, smart and thoroughly lovely drama. Read more »
This is my viewpoint, from the far end of the couch...an interview with actress Julie Ann Emery, spending part of my Memorial Day weekend with Adam Ferrara, and talking up TV writers who don‘t get enough credit. Read more »

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