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



Posted on November 12, 2007, in Television and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yeah, I heard that this will be the final season.  I saw the first season in its entirely thanks to Comcast mixup while living in DE. I have not seen the remaining seasons with the exception of a few scenes here and there when they show it on BET.  Eventually I will get the DVD series so that I can view it from start to finish. 

  2. Do you do this for a living?  If not, you should.  I love The Wire".  I started seeing a lot of the actors in other things after the show caught on.  You do a great job.  Peace.

  3. I had to come back just to confess – I cried when Bodie got killed.  Sue me.  That’s what’s so thrilling about The Wire – just because you’re a star or just because you have a lead part, The Wire will kill you off anyway.  Peace.

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