The Wire
The Wire

Alexa L. Fogel is an American Casting Director. She worked on all five seasons of The Wire. She worked with The Wire creator David Simon on his subsequent projects Generation Kill and Treme.


Fogel was the casting director for HBO's first drama series, Oz. The prison drama was created by Tom Fontana, who worked with The Wire creator David Simon on his first television project Homicide: Life on the Street. Fogel would cast many actors who would go on to appear in The Wire in Oz during its run from 1997 to 2003.

She worked with future The Wire director Jim McKay on his film Our Song (2000). The coming of age drama focused on three high school students.

Casting for The Wire began in 2001. Fogel remained the series casting director throughout its five season run from 2002 to 2008.

During the production of The Wire Fogel also cast several other projects. She reunited with Fontana for his HBO television movie Strip Search (2004). The project focused on the erosion of civil liberties in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She also cast the television movie Bad Apple (2004), a thriller about FBI agents attempting to infiltrate the mafia, and the features A Hole in One (2004).

Fogel cast the short lived legal drama The Jury (2004), another Fontana project. The series again featured many actors who also appeared in The Wire but was cancelled before completing its first season.

Fogel reunited with director Jim McKay to cast his independent feature Angel Rodriguez (2005). The film was purchased and broadcast by HBO. Fogel also cast the film Stay (2005), starring Ewan McGregor and Ryan Gosling.

Fogel worked with Fontana again on his television drama The Bedford Diaries (2006). The series focused on a sexuality seminar at a New York college and was short-lived - cancelled after just eight episodes. Fogel cast the independent film Prisoner (2007) about a film director taken captive while scouting a prison. She also cast director Spike Lee's film M.O.N.Y. (2007) from a script by Fontana about the Mayor of New York.

She worked with Oscar winner Paul Haggis for the first time as the casting director for his foray into television The Black Donnellys (2007). The crime drama series about an Irish American family was cancelled before completing its first season.

Fogel reunited with much of the team behind The Wire for the HBO miniseries Generation Kill (2008). The Iraq war drama was a commercial and critical success. Less successful was the fantasy crime drama New Amsterdam (2008); the cast Fogel assembled would disperse after a mid first season cancellation.

Fogel returned to HBO in 2009, casting the psychological drama In Treatment (2009) which again has several shared cast members with The Wire. She assembled many familiar faces for David Simon's follow-up ongoing series Treme and remained the casting director throughout the show's four season run on HBO.

2011 saw her return to mainstream cinema, casting the comedy sequel Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.

She worked with The Wire director Anthony Hemingway assembling the cast for his first film project Red Tails (2012).

She has also worked with HBO on the series True Detective and Banshee and the television feature Too Big To Fail.

She was the casting director for the films Run Fatboy Run, and The Sitter (2011).



Season 1 credits
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 credits
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 3 credits
"Time after Time" "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" "Moral Midgetry" "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"
Season 4 credits
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5 credits
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "-30-"

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