After season 3 of The Wire, David Simon and his creative team came up with the idea to have a separate show following the political maneuvers of the newly-introduced-in-the-series-character councilman Thomas Carcetti. Had The Hall been greenlit, it would have ran in an alternating manner with its parent show: it would have premiered its first season before The Wire would have returned for its fourth and then followed with a second one before Wire's fifth.
Simon went on as far as beginning to construct the writing staff for the show, but, although the pitch for The Hall was presented to the then-HBO-director Chris Albrecht, the series was not commissioned to be produced.
Simon remembers their proposed project with laughter and believes it was very likely not picked up due to low viewership ratings of The Wire. Simon continues, though, by saying that the show would have been an "incredible journey" and would have revealed the true face of the modern-day politics.
Simon first spoke out about The Hall in a 2012 interview with Salon.com.
- "David Simon: Most TV is unwatchable" by Willa Paskin at Salon.com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.