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Simon on Wire/Treme

12.18.2009
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We don't often write about televison on JoBlo, but I'm making an exception here because it's David Simon, it's "The Wire"... and that's pretty much all that needs to be said.

For those not in the know, "The Wire" was an HBO dramatic series that spanned 5 seasons from 2002-2008, chronicling the lives, the events, and the politics of the people of Baltimore, MD. What seemingly began as a show primarily focused on the procedural of cops and the lives of drug dealers, soon began to unfold and reveal an amazingly rich examination of a city ill concerned with its people, commenting on the corruption and failure of American institutions and, one could say, the American Dream itself.

Simon, a former journalist for the Baltimore Sun and creator of what many consider to be the most comprehensive and intelligent American television show ever produced, sat down and spoke to Vice Magazine about both "The Wire" and "Treme", the currently filming new HBO drama that looks at the lives of musicians living in the Treme subdistrict of the city of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.

"New Orleans has created such unique cultural art in terms of music and dance, and it’s a very idiosyncratic culture, it shows the value of what the American melting pot is capable of. It does it in a way that is visual and musical and demonstrable, and it does it in the f*cking street every day. Somehow this city is trying to find a way to endure while the political essence of the country doesn’t give a f*ck. That, to me, is a fascinating dynamic."

Read the interview with David Simon in its entirety RIGHT HERE.
Extra Tidbit: Simon is also one of the men behind this year's incredible HBO mini-series "Generation Kill", an adaptation of the book by Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright and his experiences as an embedded reporter during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Source: Vice Magazine

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2:59PM on 12/18/2009
Having lived in Baltimore and having worked on The Wire in its final season where i met David i am a bit biased with my love for the show. I really am looking forward to the New Orleans project, i have a friend working on the crew.
Having lived in Baltimore and having worked on The Wire in its final season where i met David i am a bit biased with my love for the show. I really am looking forward to the New Orleans project, i have a friend working on the crew.
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1:41PM on 12/18/2009

Reserve the best new tv show of 2010 spot right now

For 'Treme' shall conquer all challengers. David Simon can do no wrong.
For 'Treme' shall conquer all challengers. David Simon can do no wrong.
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12:18PM on 12/18/2009

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....

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11:57AM on 12/18/2009
Omar, Clay Davis and Marlo may be the greatest characters I have ever seen on television.
Omar, Clay Davis and Marlo may be the greatest characters I have ever seen on television.
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12:13PM on 12/18/2009
Don't forget Stringer Bell!
Don't forget Stringer Bell!
1:00PM on 12/18/2009
AND Stringer, Wallace, Carcetti, Snoop, Lester and Haynes... damn too many. JUST WATCH THE SHOW!
AND Stringer, Wallace, Carcetti, Snoop, Lester and Haynes... damn too many. JUST WATCH THE SHOW!
11:48AM on 12/18/2009
Omar, Clay Davis and Marlo may be the greatest characters I have ever seen on television.
Omar, Clay Davis and Marlo may be the greatest characters I have ever seen on television.
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11:09AM on 12/18/2009

David Simon = Hattori Hanzo

You don't compare one David Simon show to another David Simon show. You compare it to every other show ever made, that wasn't made by David Simon.
You don't compare one David Simon show to another David Simon show. You compare it to every other show ever made, that wasn't made by David Simon.
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6:50AM on 12/18/2009

Loved "The Wire" Everyone MUST SEE "GEN KILL!"

I am hoping his "Treme" show is good, but I'm not convinced. However this man made me so addicted to "The Wire" all other TV shows from that point forward have been slightly ruined for me. Yes it's that good. For those that haven't seen "Generation Kill" Everyone should see it. It is absolutely brilliant in every way & I didn't want it to end. For those that aren't convinced of how good
Stellan Skarsgård's son Alexander is on "True Blood," is role as Iceman in this will have you
I am hoping his "Treme" show is good, but I'm not convinced. However this man made me so addicted to "The Wire" all other TV shows from that point forward have been slightly ruined for me. Yes it's that good. For those that haven't seen "Generation Kill" Everyone should see it. It is absolutely brilliant in every way & I didn't want it to end. For those that aren't convinced of how good
Stellan Skarsgård's son Alexander is on "True Blood," is role as Iceman in this will have you convinced after the 1st couple episodes!
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