I never watched The Wire when it was on TV originally, due to not having HBO during college, and, to be truthful, not really knowing about the show.
In the past four months, though, I plowed through all five seasons of the show on DVD, sometimes watching four hour-long episodes a night. I was hooked, dissecting each character every night, their faults, their strengths, their extra-marital affairs.
So when the show ended after the fifth season, to say I was sad would be a gross understatement.
But now, hope has been renewed.
HBO is pushing a new show, “Treme,” by Wire mastermind David Simon, with an air date in 2010. But the fun doesn’t stop there: Wire favorites Wendell "Bunk Moreland" Pierce and Clarke "Lester Freamon" Peters will return as well.
Word is Pierce will play a trombone player and Peters the leader of a Mardi Gras Indian tribe.
The show will revolve around the post-Katrina New Orleans neighborhood Treme, so hopefully it will be, like, The Wire-New Orleans. The pilot began shooting on Monday, directed by Polish New Wave director Agnieszka Holland, who also directed three episodes of The Wire.
As a super-duper bonus, Academy Award-nominated actress Melissa Leo (Hudson Valley in the house!) just signed on to the show as well, according to Variety.
Usually I try to add some funny quip about whatever I write about, but I’m too excited to joke. I’m giddy.
This video is hands-down the best scene from The Wire. It's got some adult language, to say the least. Also, NSFW.