THE WIRE Creator Responds to Attorney General’s Request for Another Season, Tells U.S. Government to Do Their Job

     June 10, 2011


I’ve yet to see an episode of HBO’s The Wire. I know, I know, I’m a morally reprehensible human being. It’s high on my Netflix queue and I keep promising myself I’m going to start it soon. This is because The Wire‘s five season run on HBO has consistently been called the greatest television series ever made. That the Emmys have failed to award the show even once speaks volumes about their relevance (that, and they consider Entourage and Two And a Half Men to be comedies). Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder, a fan of the show, directed comments at the show’s creators saying “Do another season of The Wire…I want another season or a movie.” Well, creator David Simon’s response may surprise you. Hit the jump to see what he said.

Last week, Holden invited some cast members from The Wire to Washington in order to take part in an announcement about an anti-drug campaign he’s currently running. He directed his attention to the creators specifically, saying:

“I want to speak directly to [Co-creator Ed] Burns and Mr. Simon: Do another season of The Wire. That’s actually at a minimum. … If you don’t do a season, do a movie.  We’ve done HBO movies, this is a series that deserves a movie. I want another season or I want a movie. I have a lot of power Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon.”

Simon responded thusly (The Atlantic Wire via SlashFilm):

“The Attorney-General’s kind remarks are noted and appreciated. I’ve spoken to Ed Burns and we are prepared to go to work on season six of The Wire if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.”

Game, set, match. I guess Holder forgot that the creator of an insanely smart series focusing on drug trade, government and bureaucracy, and the media in Baltimore probably knows his shit. Now, I guess it’s time to move The Wire to the top of my queue.