or


[09/13/06 - 12:00 AM]
HBO Renews the Wire, Acclaimed Drama Series from David Simon, for Its Fifth Season

[via press release from HBO]

09.13.2006 | HBO Renews The Wire, Acclaimed Drama Series From David Simon, For Its Fifth Season

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2006 - The critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO drama series THE WIRE has been renewed for a fifth season, it was announced today by Carolyn Strauss, president, HBO Entertainment. Created and executive produced by David Simon, the show just kicked off its 13-episode fourth season last Sunday, Sept. 10, and debuts new episodes Sunday nights (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).

"We are delighted - though not surprised - at the initial critical response to the new season of THE WIRE," said Strauss. "David Simon and his remarkable team have created a riveting and thought-provoking series that's unlike anything else on TV."

Having depicted an American city over the course of 50 episodes, THE WIRE will use its fifth and concluding season to examine the role of the mass media within that city.

The new fourth season has already prompted resounding critical praise. The New York Times said the show "is the closest that moving pictures have come so far to the depth and nuance of the novel." Daily Variety observed, "When television history is written, little else will rival THE WIRE," hailing the show for its "extraordinary depth and ambition." Entertainment Weekly called the series "a staggering achievement," while the Washington Post described it as "electrifying and disturbing...a gripping saga," and the New York Post termed it "the single finest piece of work ever produced for American TV."

Season four of THE WIRE centers on the lives of four young boys as they traverse adolescence in the drug-saturated streets of West Baltimore. The new episodes of the series examine their world through the theme of education, asking viewers to consider the world that awaits these boys, and to consider further the American commitment to equal opportunity.

The third season of THE WIRE ended its run in December 2004. The first season looked at the dysfunction inherent in the national drug war through the microcosm of a West Baltimore housing project, while the second season addressed the decline of the working class by focusing on a longshoremen's union and its struggle to survive. In its third season, the drama further developed its portrait of a fictional Baltimore by exploring the role of the political leadership in addressing a city's problems or reforming its institutions.

Says Simon, a former newspaperman and the author of two books of narrative nonfiction, "The last question we want to ask is this: For four seasons, we have depicted that part of urban America that has been left behind by the economy and by the greater society, and chronicled entrenched problems that have gone without solution for generations now. Why? What is it that we see and sense about these problems? To what are we giving attention, and what is it that we consistently ignore? How do we actually see ourselves?"

THE WIRE was created by David Simon. Fourth season credits: executive producers, David Simon and Nina Kostroff Noble; co-executive producer, Joe Chappelle; producers, Edward Burns and Karen Thorson; consulting producer, Eric Overmyer.





  [september 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· WIRE, THE (HBO)









[04/15/14 - 03:06 PM]
NHL Regular Season Sets Viewership Records Across NBC & NBCSN
NBC spins the numbers for its NHL coverage to date this season.

[04/15/14 - 03:02 PM]
Monday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Tops Demos, "DWTS" Leads Viewers
Plus: numbers for Syfy's "Warehouse 13," MTV's "16 & Pregnant" and TBS's "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show."

[04/15/14 - 02:00 PM]
A Special Behind-the-Scenes Preview of "24: Live Another Day" Airs Saturday, May 3, on FOX
The half-hour special features interviews with the series' Emmy Award-winning director, producers and series stars.

[04/15/14 - 01:51 PM]
"The Maya Rudolph Show" Special Set to Air on NBC May 19
Andy Samberg, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Craig Robinson and Sean Hayes are among those slated to appear.

[04/15/14 - 01:15 PM]
Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid" #1 Ad Supported Program in Cable Among Men on Sunday
Discovery spins the numbers for Sunday, April 13.

[04/15/14 - 12:24 PM]
Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists
The app aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read.

[04/15/14 - 12:13 PM]
"48 Hours: Father and Son" Is Saturday's #1 Non-Sports Broadcast Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, April 12.

[04/15/14 - 12:10 PM]
Abby Lee Miller to Make Over Struggling Dance Studios in New Series "Abby's Studio Rescue," Premiering June 17
Each week, the show follows Abby as she dishes her tough love and no-nonsense advice while giving dance studios a second chance to finally bring home the gold.

[04/15/14 - 12:01 PM]
Stephen Colbert to Visit CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman," Tuesday, April 22
CBS announced last week that Colbert, the host, writer and executive producer of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "The Colbert Report," will be the next host of the "Late Show."

[04/15/14 - 11:41 AM]
Video: "Salem" - First Full Season Trailer
The new series launches this Sunday, April 10 at 10:00/9:00c on WGN America.

[04/15/14 - 11:37 AM]
Adult Swim Ranks #1 in Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34 Among All Basic Cable Networks
Turner spins the numbers for the week of April 7-13.

[04/15/14 - 11:28 AM]
Sunday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "Game of Thrones" Holds Onto Demo Crown
Plus: numbers for MTV's "2014 Movie Awards," AMC's "Mad Men" and HBO's "Veep."

[04/15/14 - 11:24 AM]
Saturday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: FOX Tops Charts with NASCAR Sprint Cup
Plus: numbers for Syfy's "Bermuda Tentacles," Lifetime's "Death Clique" and TLC's "Sex Sent Me to the ER."

[04/15/14 - 11:07 AM]
Second-Place Chelsea v. Sunderland Saturday on NBC at 12:30 PM ET Highlights NBC Sports Group's Weekend Slate of Matches
Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by Jim Beglin for the call from Stamford Bridge.

[04/15/14 - 10:49 AM]
Werdum and Browne Clash in Epic Heavyweight Bout at FOX UFC Saturday
Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace and No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) matches wits and fists with Hawaiian knockout artist and No.3-ranked Travis Browne (16-1-1) to determine who faces champion Cain Velasquez next.