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HBO’s The Wire was a hit that followed the stories of the criminal underworld of Baltimore. One of the most curious figures of the show was Melvin Williams, whose past as a drug kingpin yielded a surprising individual whose public redemption led to a role on the show.
Here in the world of television fandom, we rely on our main characters to keep us hooked on our favorites series year in and year out, and it’s inarguably a tough job. So cheers to these ten characters, chosen by fans as the greatest TV figures of all time.
Actor Michael K. Williams has been in the business for a long time, but he’s probably still best known for his breakthrough role on The Wire, playing Omar Little, a stick-up man from the streets who gains increasing prominence as the series goes on.
While movie and TV characters are normally the ones with catchphrases that audiences love repeating, sometimes the actors themselves manage to attach themselves to a particular word or phrase. In this case, it’s The Wire star Isiah Whitlock Jr, who has turned the word “shit” into a drawn-out television institution. Now he's teaching people how to say it.
Unlike some TV shows that burn through a good story and fizzle out, HBO’s The Wire could have lasted a dozen more seasons, with Ed Burns and David Simon’s all-encompassing storytelling malleable enough to adjust to almost any kind of plot direction. But it turns out HBO wasn’t all about hearing every single story the two show creators had to tell.
While online streaming is still a ways away from completely replacing traditional television viewing, it is ubiquitous enough at this point to make "Why isn't this show on Netflix yet?" a fairly common inquiry. As such, here are ten completed series that Netflix needs to add to its stocked library posthaste, so that we may forget things like Hemlock Grove exist.
David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire, is gearing up to make TV audiences praise his name again with another hard-hitting social drama. HBO has officially given the greenlight to Simon’s Show Me a Hero, a politics-filled miniseries led by the talented Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener.
The time has arrived, Amazon Prime users! Today, Amazon's streaming video service has rolled out their first wave of HBO content. That includes six seasons of The Sopranos, three seasons of Deadwood and five seasons of The Wire, among other beloved HBO series, all available streaming on Amazon Prime for your viewing pleasure.
HBO series are coming to Amazon Prime. This sounds like a pretty big get for Amazon, especially considering HBO hasn't regularly made their series available through streaming video services outside of their own HBO Go. The multiyear deal will not only include a number of popular previously-aired series, but also eventually some of HBO's current series, Girls and The Newsroom included.
There are way too many good TV shows available to us today. We live in a world of modern riches; an over-abundance of goodness so vibrant it’s terribly easy to miss the good stuff. There’s just so much TV to watch, you see! Especially when you take into consideration television's biggest innovator: the premium network. For-pay stars like HBO, Showtime, and even Cinemax have pushed the medium where it’s never gone before, and paved the way for the likes of AMC and others today.
Dominic West may be headed back to pay-cable! The Wire actor has been tapped to star in Showtime's drama pilot The Affair, about a married man and father whose life changes drastically when he meets a woman he thinks might be his soul mate. Judging by the title, things progress - or regress, depending on your point of view on infidelity - substantially from there.
Sad news for fans of The Wire’s Proposition Joe. Robert F. Chew, who played the role on the HBO series for five seasons, has passed away at the age of 52. He was found dead in his Baltimore apartment yesterday, January 19th, and his death has been ruled to be of natural causes.
In what can only be described as a brilliant move, HBO has tapped The Wire well for additional writers on the upcoming season of Boardwalk Empire. Despite some complaints, the third year of Terrence Winter's bootlegging drama has turned out great but that doesn't mean the help of novelists Dennis Lehane and George Pelecanos, both veterans of the Baltimore set sprawling drug series, isn't welcome for Season 4.
Amazon has The Wire and Life on Mars, Hulu unearths MTV's underrated Death Valley, and Netflix crosses swords with Highlander: The Series. Find out what's new in the world of streaming TV in this week's installment of FlixWorthy!
HBO's The Wire never got its shark-jumping musical episode. But now, thanks to Funny or Die, you can see what the musical version of The Wire you never asked for might have looked like. Needless to say, it's pretty disturbing, but then again, so was The Wire during some of its darker moments.