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HBO's The Wire to Air on DirecTV

The Wire, HBO's critically acclaimed series about the municipal struggles of Baltimore, will debut on July 18 on DirecTV. DirecTV will air all five seasons in HD, uncut and commercial-free. "By adding The Wire to our Sunday-night lineup, we are further cementing The 101 Network's reputation as a destination for the most highly acclaimed dramas on television," said Patty Ishimoto, vice president and general manager of the 101 Network. The Wire, starring Dominic West and Wendell Pierce, among others, debuted on HBO in 2002. Source Here

HBO Picks Up Treme

From THR: " The Wire creator David Simon has a new series on HBO , the New Orleans-set Treme ." The size of the series order is still being determined, with the network eyeing a fall debut. "Treme" is a post-Katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. Simon co-created the project with longtime New Orleans resident Eric Overmyer, after the two former "Homicide" writers had discussed doing a show set in the Big Easy for years. "New Orleans is one of the most unique and essential American places, which is also very vulnerable," Simon said. The "Treme" cast is led by another New Orleans native, Wendell Pierce, and includes Steve Zahn, Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Melissa Leo, Kim Dickens and Rob Brown. Despite featuring "Wire" alums Pierce and Peters, people expecting the same show will be disappointed, Simon said. "This is not a 'Wire' redo with a New Orleans soundtrack," he said. "It's more of a character study looking at people trying to reconstruct their lives after their city has been destroyed and at a city that a living, breathing organism." The series will continue to be filmed in the Crescent City, where the pilot was shot. Simon and Overmyer are exec producing with Nina K. Noble and Carolyn Strauss. David Mills is co-exec producing. The order for "Treme" follows HBO's series pickups of three new comedies: Hung , "Bored to Death" and "How to Make It in America." The network has one more strong possible contender on the drama side in the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot "Boardwalk Empire," which has not been completed. Source

Interview with FRINGE Star Lance Reddick

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The Wire: 15 Brilliant Moments

With the recent release of The Wire 's Season 5 on DVD , let's take a look back at this phenomenal series with some of its most unforgettable moments! The Wire: 15 Brilliant Moments Photo courtesy of

David Simon on NPR's Fresh Air

Check out an interview (audio, 39 minutes) with "The Wire" creator David Simon that was on NPR's Fresh Air. David Simon, Unspooling 'The Wire'