I’m not trying to start anything here. We’re all human beings, we all have our own opinions, and the right to have our own opinions and I’m not here to argue with you. Don’t @ me, as the kids say. But The Wire is the greatest TV drama of all time.
Yeah yeah, Breaking Bad was a speeding bullet straight at its target, yeah yeah, The Sopranos is the show that kicked off the modern age of TV, yeah yeah Friday Night Lights and LOST and Mad Men and on and on. I love all of those shows.
But The Wire is the best. It will probably never be topped. Unless David Simon and George Pelecanos can do it again with “We Own This City,” the new show they have cooking at HBO! Alas, it’s only a limited series (six episodes), but it’s based in Baltimore, is sourced from real-life (via the non-fiction book by Justin Fenton), and even stars one of the stars of The Wire, Jamie Hector, who played the terrifying Marlo (“My name is my name!”)
Also in the cast are Jon Bernthal, who makes everything better, and Josh Charles, who has spent most of his time on prestige network shows and is no slouch himself. According to Deadline, the show will cover the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and “and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.
Each actor plays a different cop involved to varying degrees in the federal corruption case that sprung up around the “plainclothes unit that went completely rogue and began hunting and robbing citizens and drug dealers alike as decades of a relentless drug war and mass incarceration in Baltimore spun wildly out of control.”
So, yeah. It’s not The Wire, but it’s also not NOT The Wire! It may be the closest thing to a sequel, or at least a sister show, The Wire may ever get. Unfortunately, the show was canceled before it could take on immigration and the Latino community, which was supposedly Simon’s target for season 6 But I suppose diving directly into the corruption of the police department is equally fertile ground these days.
Can’t wait to see how it turns out. It starts filming this July.