Guess Who’s Bzzack

Although we value discussion way above reporting on this site, it is with gladness that we share this news from HBO:

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.
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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?”

See the whole press release here.

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One Comment on “Guess Who’s Bzzack”

  1. Shoals Says:

    shit is crazy. it’s like they preemptively gave the green light, so they wouldn’t even be put in an “art or commerce” bind. hbo wants us to know loud and clear which side they’re on. . .though the outsized hype probably forced them to come through even earlier than they’d planned.


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