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The Wire: Songified for the Stage

June 5, 2012
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The Wire: Songified for the Stage

Fans of The Wire are loving this four-minute Funny or Die preview/parody “The Wire: The Musical” starring several of the show’s cast members. As usual, Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar) is a scene stealer but holy shit! How he steals it. Also: Snoop in a dress. When you walk through the garden. . .better sing...
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David Simon: “100 Percent—of Nothing”

June 24, 2010
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David Simon: “100 Percent—of Nothing”

Treme may be over for the season, but you can still get your regular bump of David Simon’s articulate ire over on the Sun‘s web site. Sun television writer David Zurawik put up a post on his Z on TV blog earlier today about a press release from former governor Robert Ehrlich’s reelection campaign...
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Teaser Trailer for David Simon’s Treme Debuts

January 12, 2010
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Wire nerds all over the internet have been abuzz the past 24 hours or so thanks to the release of the first teaser trailer for Treme, David Simon’s new series for HBO. The series focuses on musicians in post-Katrina New Orleans, and “New Orleans” and “music” is about all you get from the very...
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Marlow Bates, Son of a Famous Gangster, Sentenced in Prison-Gang Conspiracy Case

November 18, 2009
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Marlow Bates, Son of a Famous Gangster, Sentenced in Prison-Gang Conspiracy Case

Bates | Image by Booking photo Editor’s Note: An updated version of this story appears in Mobtown Beat, Nov. 25, 2009 Marlow Bates’ stint in prison, where he’s been detained since his April arrest for aiding an alleged drug-dealing conspiracy by the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang (“Black-Booked”), appears to have improved his...
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Omar Comin’

November 3, 2009
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Omar Comin’

In the wake of Hamid Karzai’s fraud-fueled resumption of power in Afghanistan, reported diplomatic overtures to the Taliban, and numerous other odd coincidences, we hereby present this handy comparison of Omar Little of ‘The Wire’ to Mullah Omar of ‘The Taliban.’ Omar Little Fictional legend of Baltimore, a violent, impoverished and corrupt city economically...
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The Wire vs. Midsomer Murders

August 27, 2009
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Update: We got punked. See comments section below. To prove that there is more to Baltimore than TV wants to show you, Visit Baltimore some British blogger (see below) recently put up a YouTube video comparing The Wire (HBO’s Baltimore-based crime drama) to Midsomer Murders (which is apparently a British crime show based in...
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Great Britain: testing your The Wire knowledge

July 8, 2009
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As previously observed, British media is all over The Wire, since it is currently being broadcast in its sequential entirety on BBC Two. So not only is The Guardian‘s Wire web environment one of the more definitive online resources for the Baltimore-set show, but now our former colonial overlord is testing how well viewers...
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The Wire: Britain officially hooked

March 30, 2009
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During its run and especially during its final season, The Wire was one of the most discussed television programs by critics and journalists, particularly by writers at this publication. And while the American media’s response to the show was robust, it’s being matched in spirit and size in the United Kingdom right now. Starting...
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The Wire: Finally, an award

February 2, 2009
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While all that’s left for this awards season is for nominees, studios, wardrobe vultures, and armchair handicappers to await the 81st annual Academy Awards Feb. 22, over the weekend the Directors Guild of America handed out its 61st annual prizes, and did something no other awards ceremony has yet. The DGA’s bestowed an honor...
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The Wire Set: Abandoned, but Not Forgotten

January 6, 2009
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The Wire Set: Abandoned, but Not Forgotten

| Image by Courtesy “Patty Boh” Tipster Runnykine directed us to a post just put up on a LiveJournal community page called Abandoned Places that captures images of a trove of lost Baltimore cultural trash/treasure: photographs of the former sound stage of The Wire. Posted by “Patty Boh,” the photos depict the litter-strewn interior...
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The Wire: End of Year thoughts

December 31, 2008
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The Wire: End of Year thoughts

| Image by HBO Now that The Wire has once again earned a place in many critic’s and publication’s year-end Top 10 lists and DVD accolades, single episodes shout outs, and even a spot in the American Film Institute’s official list of TV programs of the year, 2008 ends with a bit of interesting...
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