Please add news in reverse chronological order by published date (where available), with the most recent links at the top
- The Wire still has one tale left to tell (Nov 03, 2007) Associated Press article about the latest season.
- The New Yorker profiles David Simon (Oct. 22, 2007)--very detailed article includes background on Simon and other cast members, with indications of what to expect in season 5.
- Dominic West's Diary (Oct. 20, 2007): The Guardian asked several celebrities to keep a temporary diary of their days, and published the results. Scroll down a bit to see find West/McNulty writing about his life during the very last days of shooting The Wire.
- Former Baltimore Sun editor Bill Marimow enraged over use of his name for a season four Wire character (Oct. 20, 2007). Bill Marimow had a somewhat rocky relationship with David Simon, as Simon's editor when they both worked for the The Baltimore Sun
, and is convinced that Simon created the character of Lieutenant Charles Marimow, nicknamed 'unit-killer' and 'virus', to spite his real-life former editor Marimow.
- Amy Ryan on the ‘Gone Baby Gone’–‘Wire’ Connection (Oct. 17, 2007): Actress Amy Ryan (Beadie Russell) comments on the several Wire actors who are found in Ben Affleck's new film. She adds that Affleck isn't even familiar with The Wire! You're dead to us now, Affleck. Deader than your residuals for Gigli
- 'WIRE' CREATOR TURNS LENS ON NEW ORLEANS: David Simon creating HBO series about struggle of local musicians after Katrina. (Oct. 16, 2007): By way of apology for having shown people only the darker sides of Baltimore, Simon plans to create a more optimistic series set in New Orleans. Which will naturally do wonders to make Baltimore officials feel more appreciative of the fellow.
- TV vet takes to the Dallas stage (Oct. 14, 2007): Actor John Doman (Dep. Commissioner William Rawls, from The Wire) talks about his role on the show, and his upcoming stage appearance in a Dallas-based production of Glengarry Glen Ross
now that The Wire has wrapped up filming.
- Curious, that, since a few links below, the article on Aidan Gillen (Carcetti) says that he's performing in Glengarry Glen Ross in London's West End. Gillen is portraying Richard Roma in the play (the role filled by Al Pacino
in the filmed version), while Doman is playing the role of Dave Moss (Ed Harris
in the movie).
- The Wire Season four DVDs due out Dec. 4th (Oct. 10, 2007): article gives complete list of episode commentary tracks for the upcoming DVDs
- The Pelecanos Brief (Oct. 9, 2007): article announces that Wire writers George Pelecanos, Dennis Lehane, and Richard Price will be speaking at an event in D.C., and goes on to cover Pelecanos' comments about Richard Price's novel Clockers
- 'I don't mind nasty roles' (Oct. 3, 2007): Guardian interview with Aidan Gillen (the actor portraying Tommy Carcetti on The Wire)
- David Simon, creator of The Wire, speaks to Johns Hopkins on culture, Baltimore city (Sept. 27, 2007): Simon speaks to an audience at the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, using The Wire to illustrate ways in which the world-class hospital has contributed to the neglect and decline of the poorer parts of the city, while glorifying themselves.
- iFMAGAZINE.COM rants about The Wire (Sept. 17, 2007), complaining that "the best damn show on TV", didn't even get nominated for a single Emmy.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer TV critic says that since the best shows on TV this year (naming The Wire foremost) haven't been nominated for any Emmys, The Sopranos should win (Sept. 15, 2007)
- Black Voices Blogs gives the top 11 reasons that The Wire should win the Emmy for Best Drama (Sept. 13, 2007)
- Blogcritics review of new show K-Ville (Sept. 16, 2007) uncharitably compares several aspects of the show to The Wire
- The Wire: HBO Series Cast and Crew Say Goodbye (Sept. 5, 2007): shooting of the final scene, from the final episode, of the series
- Pros and Cons of being an extra on The Wire (**SPOILERS**) (Aug. 25, 2007): A guy gets to be an extra on the series finale, and shares a few notes on his experience (with minor spoilers about who's still standing by the start of the final episode).
- 'We're Tired of Seeing the Yellow Tape' (Aug. 25, 2007): Actor Anwan Glover (Slim Charles) speaks out on his brother's murder several days earlier in the D.C. Metro area.
- Interview with the Bubs (**SPOILERS**) (Aug. 24, 2007): Andre Royo talks about his character's role in the series, and says some things about the dramatic change of direction Bubs takes in season five, compared to previous seasons.
- From Two Broken Lives to One New Beginning (Aug. 9, 2007): Donnie Andrews, a primary inspiration for the character of Omar Little (and who has a small role in season 4 as one of the two guys who helps Omar out in jail), has his criminal past and later redemption covered in this article, as well as his recent marriage to Fran Boyd, on whom the central character of The Corner
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Street Gangs (But Didn’t Know Whom to Ask) (Aug. 6, 2007): The NYTimes Freakonomics column (descended from the book of the same name) talks about gangs, and includes this Q&A:
- Q: Do you think the HBO series The Wire gives an accurate portrayal of gang life? It is clear from the show (if it is as real as it seems) that traditional policing strategies are very ineffective.
- A: I am a huge fan of The Wire. I actually watched Season Two with a group of high ranking gang leaders/drug dealers in Chicago, who desperately wished that the series producers would make a separate show about Chicago! Everyone in the room agreed that the writers did well to show the nuances in the underground economy.
- Party Favors: Pay Cable Evil (Aug. 6, 2007): A list of the Top 10 Bad Guys from HBO's original series, including spots for both Omar and Stringer.
- Real life, and then some (Aug. 2, 2007): "How close does the The Wire come to capturing life as it exists in the city of Baltimore?"
- Why, oh Wire? 'What's all the fuss about The Wire? It's a violent, misogynistic TV show that only middle-aged men love. Right, I've lit the fuse...' (July 24, 2007): Catching a ride on the coattails of Charlie Brooker, whose Guardian columns praising The Wire are right below this link, a Guardian blogger writes a contrarian piece that she admits is intended to draw controversy, and displays a very warped and negative impression of the show (which apparently was gained from seeing several episodes out of sequence, rather than watching any full season), including the suggestion that people who aren't middle-class, middle-aged white males will have trouble appreciating it.
- Out of the nearly 300 replies her entry generated, roughly a third are from women saying they love the show and the blogger is a sexist idiot, another third are from men saying the same thing, and a third are from people saying they'd never heard of the show but it did an excellent job of drawing out the blogger's prejudices. Many of the replies are worth a look, describing the merits of the show (and the people who watch it) with considerably more sophistication and insight than the article itself, and doing an impressive job of keeping the blogger way down in the hole.
- The Wire is Unmissable Television (July 21, 2007), another Guardian Unlimited piece
- Oh, just watch it... (July 21, 2007)
- Charlie Brooker's screen burn, (July 14, 2007) in which the Guardian columnist uncharitably reviews Dexter and explains why The Wire has ruined him for many other TV dramas
- HBO Presents A Night at "The Wire" Benefit for The Ella Thompson Fund (June 9, 2007): Many photos from the party and auction. Unfortunately you have to register to see the photos up close, and the site is not very informative about how anyone registers a new account. Thumbnails do show that Omar was auctioning off a signed box of Honey Nut Cheerios
, as one part of his auction package--apparently each cast member put together an individualized package of stuff (personal items, signed pictures or DVD sets, props or costumes from the show that related to their character) which was then auctioned off. Don't you wish you'd been there?
- Fantasy Emmy Award Nominees (June 1, 2007): A month before the actual nominees were announced, Entertainment Weekly created a list of its fantasy nominees for the various awards. Their choice for Best Drama was The Wire, about which a reader said, "If Emmy [voters] don't at least give The Wire a nomination this year, they need to be punched in their collective throat." In retrospect, knowing who the nominations and awards went to, I think we can all agree that Emmy voters need a good stab in the eye.
staffers that The Wire was going to be filming scenes in their newsrooms, as a stand-in for the Baltimore Sun
- The Wire makes The Sopranos look like The Waltons (May 9, 2007): Guardian Unlimited, and as sometimes happens with British media sites, the comments are as thoughtful--and much longer--than the article.
- Wired for fashion (Apr. 30, 2007): The show's costume designers and wardrobe supervisors discuss the show's style.
- A Greek tragedy on the streets of Baltimore (Apr. 25, 2007): "Good cops, bad cops, kingpins and foot soldiers: TV drama series The Wire is an intricate and humane portrait of a crumbling American society."
- David Simon, "The Wire" creator: Mr. Media Interview by Bob Andelman (Feb. 15, 2007): Available as mp3, podcast, or text transcript.
- Excerpt: "One of the things I [David Simon] am a little bit resentful for is we have a remarkable cast of African-American actors who are utterly unacknowledged by the industry. They are never nominated for anything. They are never regarded as having created any characterizations or achieved any sense of craft for what they are doing. It’s almost as if they think we turn the camera on people, and they just were being; that’s the way they are. And in fact, these are incredibly professional actors who are reading from a script."
- Getting Wired (Feb. 10, 2007), a Guardian Unlimited overview of the show
- Through The Wire (Feb. 1, 2007): Fader speaks to Darkroom Productions about the release of Hamsterdam 2, the followup album to the Wire-inspired Hamsterdam: Best of Baltimore compilation album.
- The Fader interviews: Over several days in late 2006, Fader.com published short interviews with a number of cast members, called "Listening In". Unlike many interviews and articles here, these interviews mostly have content not duplicated elsewhere, and are well worth a look.
- Listening in, Part 1 (Dec. 5, 2006): Anwan Glover (Slim Charles), Felicia Snoop Pearson
- Listening in, Part 2 (Dec. 6, 2006): Robert Chew (Prop Joe). "I came down and auditioned for Prop Joe. I am sitting in the office with all the other actors and I’m looking around and all these guys are like super models. You know jackets and ties and hair neatly trimmed and leather shoes. I’m like, “Am I in the right audition?” I had a sweat suit on, I’m a big guy, I looked nothing like these guys. Then the next day they said I had the part. A month later I found out that Prop Joe was a real person and that he was handsome and debonair and a ladies man. That explains the other actors, how I got this part, I’ll never know."
- Listening in, Part 3 (Dec. 7, 2006): Jay Landsman (Lt. Dennis Mello), not to be confused with Delaney Willams who plays the character of Jay Landsman on the show. Yes, it's hard to keep track. Also Rakiya Orange (Tilghman Middle student Charlene Young), and Rashad Orange (Sherrod). Landsman says, "One of the characters on the show is named Jay Landsman. When I read for the part they called me and said, You did a fine job, but you’re no Jay Landsman. Then the following year I played Lt Dennis Mello. I’ve been a cop 34 years, so I guess I might have had some experience acting like a cop."
- Listening in, Part 4 (Dec. 8, 2006): Extended interview with David Simon. To the question, "How much do current events affect storylines?" he replies: "We use some stuff, but it’s usually two or three years old by the time we get to it. Some stuff we change. I’ll tell you this, [current Baltimore mayor] Martin O’Malley
never ran against an incumbent black mayor. That didn’t happen. On the other hand, the school system did come up 50 million dollars short. On the other hand, that problem went away when the real estate boom filled the tax coffers of the city. That doesn’t happen in our version of Baltimore, we actually address, 'What if the money wasn’t there?'"
- Yes, HBO's 'Wire' is challenging. It's also a masterpiece. (Sept. 6, 2006) (Tim Goodman, SF Chronicle)
- Best Season of the 'The Wire' Yet (Sept. 6, 2007): CourtTV gives an advance review of season 4, and has interviews with...
- HBO Renews The Wire (Sept. 12, 2006): Broadcasting & Cable announces HBO's decision to push ahead with the final, fifth season of the show.
's widely-read article about The Wire for Entertainment Weekly, in which he describes and praises the fourth season and the show overall
- D.C. lifer George Pelecanos writes about murder, drug feuds, riots, dog-fighting—and also a little violence (July 19, 2006) ...and supplemental Q&A from that interview (bits that were cut from the print edition)
- Queens,NY - Drug Crew mimicked “The Wire” (Jan. 29, 2005)
- Police Say a Queens Drug Ring Watched Too Much Television (Jan. 15, 2005) (NYTimes, may require registration or Bugmenot)
- Hamsterdam (Dec. 20, 2004): A blogger's thoughtful piece about the conclusions drawn by the show's Hamsterdam experiment, and how it relates to real life. There are two notable flaws: one, he quotes a newspaper columnist who draws a false dichotomy of "legalize everything or legalize nothing", completely bypassing the possibility of legalizing or reducing penalties on some drugs or drug-related activities; two, toward the end he cites the success of the 'Broken Windows theory', when the show itself has commented on the fact that this theory is well known to be a failure! Cleaning up broken windows only reduces low-level crime, and has little to no effect on serious crime.
- The blog author seems to feel that Broken Windows is a successful strategy for overall crime prevention, and that conversely, allowing broken windows to remain broken (by analogy to legalizing low-level drug use) will also increase serious crimes, which is incorrect; the book Freakonomics
goes into detail about the research behind this idea and its failings.
- It should be noted that Broken Windows does appear to have some effect when applied to low-level crimes, graffiti and related vandalism: if broken windows are fixed quickly, vandalism is repaired promptly, and low-level crimes are swiftly prosecuted, the overall level of those crimes theoretically decreases because people are less likely to commit them in the first place. There is some evidence that this theory actually works in practice; but those effects simply don't propagate upward to statistics for more serious crimes.
- From Wikipedia: "...social science has not been kind to the broken windows theory. A number of scholars reanalyzed the initial studies that appeared to support it ... Others pressed forward with new, more sophisticated studies of the relationship between disorder and crime. The most prominent among them concluded that the relationship between disorder and serious crime is modest, and even that relationship is largely an artifact of more fundamental social forces." The Wikipedia article has further, equally serious criticism and reference links.
- David Simon Says (Oct. 1, 2004): "The creator of HBO's The Wire talks about the decline of journalism, the failure of the drug war, and a new kind of TV"; and some extra Q&A that was cut from the article
- HBO's 'The Wire': Thoroughly engaging, if not 'entertaining' (June 1, 2003): "The Wire begins its second season as the atypical cop show, where good and evil aren't clear, where crimes can't always be solved in 60 minutes. In other words, great TV." (St. Petersburg Times)
- David Simon On Homicide, Truth and Journalism (Mar. 12-18, 1998): A post-Homicide, pre-Wire, wide-ranging interview with the series' creator.