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September 1, 2006

Team Pernice loves The Wire

HBO in the past couple of weeks has been running these two half-hour specials about the Wire, which are worth watching. These roundup retrospectives are usually self-serving nonsense, but this one has lots of crew and cast interviews that delve a bit into the sociological foundation of the show. They also interview Baltimore denizens like the former Mayor who proposed the legalization of drugs (the inspiration for Hamsterdam), a former drug dealer now a minister who was the inspiration for Stringer Bell and Avon Barksdale, and um John Waters. David Simon talks a lot about Baltimore as a character. Definitely worth watching. 

Newbies beware – you really need to start with Season 1 and work sequentially with this show, so start renting quickly.

And, there is an excellent 20 page (!) interview with David Simon here:

http://members.aol.com/TheWireHBO/exclusive-1.html

Joyce @ 12:18 pm