Daily Archives: November 12, 2007




The Wire is an American television drama set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, with 50 episodes airing over the course of its first four seasons. HBO has ordered a fifth season, which Simon has said will be the show’s last. On April 30, 2007 production for Season 5 officially began.

It is expected to premiere on January 6, 2008

If you haven’t seen this show you have no idea what you are missing!!!

This is the promo for season 5



When broadcast on HBO and on some international networks, the episodes are preceded by a recap of events that have a bearing upon the upcoming narrative, using clips from previous episodes. Each episode begins with a cold open that seldom contains a dramatic juncture. The screen then fades to black while the intro music fades in. The show’s opening title sequence then plays; a series of shots, mainly close-ups, concerning the show’s subject matter that changes from season to season, separated by fast jump cuts (a technique rarely used in the show itself).

The opening credits are superimposed on the sequence, and consist only of actors’ names without identifying which actors play which roles. At the end of the sequence, a quotation that will be spoken by a character during the episode is shown on-screen. Progressive story arcs often unfold in different locations at the same time. Episodes rarely end with a cliffhanger, and normally close with a fade to black and the closing music fading in.

Despite having a small – but loyal – viewer ship, HBO keeps supporting this series. The Wire is not easy at first – until you really get into it. It’s like a novel – you need time to relate to and understand the characters and story lines. It’s important to watch this series in sequence. If you come in half way though, it will be very hard to get the most from the stories. DVD is probably the best way of viewing the Wire if you haven’t seen it firsthand. This show is the great American novel that so many have talked about writing "some day". David Simon and his fellow scribes were driven to paint a realistic gritty portrait about life in a contemporary American industrial city and we have all reaped the rewards.

My favorite cold open of all five seasons:

No one wins. One side just loses more slowly






The Writers Guild of America strike that began on Monday is already causing a lot of pain on both sides of the TV screen.

Whether you’re a "Grey’s Anatomy" fan leery of Dr. McReruns or a "Colbert Report" devotee already suffering from an extra half-hour of sleep, it behooves you to be in the know.

The United Hollywood blog provides a smart, subdued, and sometimes hilarious view of the writers’ side of the strike. While Jamie Lee Curtis and other supporters expressed early disdain for the writers’ (the writers!) slogans, the wordsmiths have redeemed themselves here and better explained their cause. The site serves as a one-stop WGA shop, with frequent news updates and extensive video links, featuring the stars/scribes of "The Office," the show runners of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," and a short, easy-to-digest explanation of the issues, Capra-esquely called Why We Fight.

Clicking around unitedhollywood.com will keep you up-to-date about strike developments and informed about the heroic "other" careers undertaken by some of your favorite out-of-work screenwriters.


The 2007 Writers Guild of America strike is a strike by both the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) that started on November 5 2007. The WGAE and WGAw are two labor unions that represent film, television, radio, and new media writers working in the United States.

The strike is against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), a trade organization that represents the interests of American film and television producers. Over 12,000 writers are affected by the strike.

The strike is expected to be prolonged. The Writers Guild has indicated their industrial action would be a "marathon." AMPTP negotiator Nick Counter has indicated that negotiations would not resume as long as strike action continues, stating, "We’re not going to negotiate with a gun to our heads—that’s just stupid."

The last such strike was the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike; it lasted 22 weeks, costing the American entertainment industry an estimated 500 million dollars.



NPR and NPR Member Stations Introduce Premier Online Destination for Music Discovery Site Offers Concert and Studio Performances, Interviews, News, Reviews, Blogs, Podcasts and Artist Index Launch Includes Exclusive New NPR.org Media Player with Playlist Capacity From rock to jazz…classical to urban…folk to world…NPR and NPR Member public radio stations, on-air and online, have been leaders in music discovery and arbiters of musical tastes and artists. Today, NPR and 12 NPR Member stations recognized for music programming are launching NPR Music, a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery Web site. Featuring on-air and online content aggregated from NPR and the participating stations as well as original-to-NPR Music materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances, http://www.NPR.org/music permits users to explore, experience and enjoy all the music genres that are found on public radio. NPR Music is a collaboration between NPR and KEXP and KPLU Seattle; KUT Austin; WBGO Newark; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFUV and WNYC New York; WGBH Boston; WGUC Cincinnati; WKSU/Folk Alley Kent, Ohio; WXPN Philadelphia; and American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio.

All partners will provide content including live concerts, studio sessions, features and reviews. NPR Music also links to the live broadcast music streams of all participating stations. Additional stations and producers will join in the coming months. Specific sections of the site are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. In each genre, program and subject area, users can explore NPR’s and the stations’ renowned music journalism; intimate interviews and studio sessions with artists and bands; NPR’s and stations’ popular national and regional web concerts; reviews and news; original blogs from critics, experts and artists; and podcasts.

The site culls from NPR’s and the stations’ extensive music archives to present thousands of features; at launch, the site’s Artist Index alone, an A to Z artist directory, offers content about more than 2000 performers. More than 200 new features will be added from NPR and the stations monthly, joining thousands of hours of archived concert, story, review and interview pieces.

NPR Music also offers original video and audio features. Along with the Artist Index, some of the new elements are: “Project Song” – a video feature challenging songwriters to write and record an original song in two days at the NPR studios. The first participant is songwriter Stephin Merritt, to be followed by indie band Georgie James “Studio Sessions” – in-studio video performances recorded at NPR and Member stations “Discover Songs” – audio stories about, and recommendations for, individual songs “Music Lists” – five-song listening sets curated by musicians and public radio music personalities The site also features two new blogs. The “All Songs Considered” blog, written by the weekly music show’s producers Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, goes behind the scenes. “Monitor Mix” offers music picks and industry news from writer and musician Carrie Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney.

Coinciding with the launch of NPR Music is a media player exclusive to NPR, available across http://www.NPR.org The player allows users to create a playlist for video and audio (dating from May 2005 to present) on the site and makes dynamic recommendations for related content depending on a user’s selections. The playlist also offers links to NPR’s 24-hour stream and the NPR News Summary. “Since its inception, public radio has played a vital public service role in bringing all genres of music – and non-mainstream artists – to its listeners.

The new NPR Music evolves the high-quality music journalism, performance and presentation that have been the longtime trademark of NPR, our 12 launch partners and public radio overall,” said Maria Thomas, Senior Vice President, NPR Digital Media. “With this site, we can serve millions of music fans through a content-rich single destination that not only unifies the breadth of music programming produced by influential public radio producers around the country, but also acts as a launchpad for original audio, video and expert opinion. “NPR and a strong network of public radio music stations have engaged in a variety of collaborative content projects over the past year that were well-received by listeners and served as the foundation for a larger shared effort.

The new NPR Music service is the latest expression of that partnership and we’re delighted to be associated with these 12 station leaders.” The NPR Music service enables partner stations and other NPR Member stations to incorporate a variety of modular content offerings, including RSS feeds and Javascript modules, into their own Web sites.





This stunning hardcover collects the amazing online comics based on the smash-hit, Emmy Award-nominated NBC show HEROES! This volume — featuring a cover by comics legend Alex Ross — also includes an introduction by Masi Oka (Hiro), all 34 chapters of Season One, and Tim Sale’s artwork as seen on the show.

The comics included have been written and illustrated by some of comics’ and television’s top writers and artists, including Michael Turner, Phil Jimenez, Marcus To, and more!

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