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'One of a Kind' House of Cards Star Dies at 59

Reg E. Cathey had suffered from lung cancer

(Newser) - As Freddy Hayes, he served up barbecue to Frank Underwood on House of Cards, while on The Wire he served as right-hand man to Mayor Tommy Carcetti. Now, sad news out of New York: Actor Reg E. Cathey died there at age 59 after fighting lung cancer, TMZ reports. The... More »

10 Best TV Shows of All Time

'The Sopranos' takes the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - Getting people to agree on the greatest TV show of all time is about as futile as trying to sway people to your side in a political argument on Facebook. Undaunted, Rolling Stone adds its thoughts to the mix with what it calls its "definitive ranking of the game-changing... More »

Wire Star Disputes Public Account of Altercation

Wendell Pierce is charged with battery

(Newser) - Actor Wendell Pierce isn't saying much about his arrest over the weekend on battery charges, but he suggests that the version of events depicting him as the aggressor is inaccurate. "I regret that what started as a civil political discussion escalated to the level that it did,"... More »

Wire Star Allegedly Attacked Bernie Fans, Is Arrested

Wendell Pierce is a Hillary Clinton supporter

(Newser) - Wendell Pierce, the actor best known for his roles in The Wire and Treme, was arrested early Sunday after what sources say was a late-night political argument in an Atlanta hotel. Sources tell TMZ that Pierce, a Hillary Clinton supporter, became enraged when he discovered a couple he was chatting... More »

Ex-Gangster, Inspiration for The Wire, Dies in Prison

Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale died of natural causes: Baltimore rep

(Newser) - Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale, the former Baltimore gangster who inspired characters in the HBO series The Wire, has died in a federal medical prison in North Carolina. He was 54. He was shot more than 20 times in his life and had to have his right leg amputated below the... More »

Wire Stars, Creator Call for Peace in Baltimore

Look for reform without a brick in your hand, David Simon says

(Newser) - As images of unrest in Baltimore were seen around the world last night, the creator and several cast members of the TV show most associated with the city added their voices to those calling for peace. Andre Royo, who played Bubbles on The Wire, tweeted a call for his "... More »

Wire Star Beaten, Stabbed at Nightclub

Anwan Glover expected to make full recovery

(Newser) - Wire actor Anwan Glover is expected to make a full recovery after being beaten, kicked, and stabbed by unknown attackers at a nightclub in Washington, DC, early yesterday. According to a police report seen by the Washington Post , the 41-year-old was punched to the floor of Cafe Asia and heard... More »

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Sorry, no 'Game of Thrones'

(Newser) - Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years... More »

David Simon of The Wire: Calm Down on Surveillance

This is a 'faux scandal' driven by people who don't have a clue

(Newser) - David Simon created The Wire and presumably knows a thing or two about surveillance. One thing he's sure of: All this noise about the feds snooping on Americans is a "faux scandal," he writes at his website . The column opens with a question: "Is it just... More »

The Wire, as ... Musical?

David Simon is a fan of the Funny or Die spoof

(Newser) - Funny or Die marks the 10th anniversary of The Wire by turning it into a musical, of course. It even stars Michael Kenneth Williams, better known by fans of the show as the unforgettable Omar, notes the Baltimore Sun . Wondering what show creator David Simon thinks of the spoof?... More »

Wire Actor Gave Back to Baltimore Projects

Sandra Sohn helped troubled teenagers

(Newser) - Sonja Sohn couldn't leave Baltimore behind after The Wire. So the actress who played Det. Shakima “Kima” Greggs on the HBO show started a program for troubled teens called ReWired for Change, the Washington Post reports. Meeting in a university classroom, she urged thugged-up teenagers to reconsider their... More »

Wire Actress Pleads Guilty to Heroin Charge

Snoop avoids jail time with plea deal

(Newser) - Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, best known for playing a drug-gang hit woman of the same name on The Wire, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute heroin. The 31-year-old actress was arrested along with dozens of others earlier this year after a federal-state wiretap of a Baltimore drug ring. She... More »

AG to The Wire: Make More Episodes

Or at least a movie, pleads Eric Holder

(Newser) - The nation's top lawyer has it out for David Simon. AG Eric Holder yesterday ordered the creator of The Wire to start working on another season of the HBO crime drama—and jokingly reminded him that "I have a lot of power." Holder issued his plea to... More »

Arrest of Wire's Snoop Shows the 'Other America'

David Simon: We've got two of them now

(Newser) - Wire creator David Simon writes in Slate that he's "certainly sad" over news that Felicia Pearson, who played the unforgettable hitman Snoop on his show, has been arrested on drug charges. "This young lady has, from her earliest moments, had one of the hardest lives imaginable," he... More »

The Wire's 'Snoop' Busted in Baltimore Drug Raids

Along with 30 others; HBO actress has other arrests in her past

(Newser) - Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, best known for her role as a drug dealer's hitman on HBO’s The Wire, was arrested along with more than 30 others this morning during raids on a large heroin and marijuana operation in Baltimore. Police, DEA agents, and other officials carried out the pre-dawn... More »

HBO's Treme Does Justice to New Orleans

'Wire" creator David Simon scores with new series set in Big Easy

(Newser) - Critics seem thrilled with Wire creator David Simon's new HBO series Treme, about post-Katrina New Orleans:
  • Dave Walker, New Orleans Times-Picayune : "This is the screen depiction that New Orleans deserves, has always desired, but has been denied."
  • Locals want to know two things: "Is it real? and
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In a Decade, 'TV Became Art'

The Wire , The Sopranos , Six Feet Under , Mad Men —get the picture?

(Newser) - For television, the past decade has been “as the sixties are to music and the seventies to movies”—some of the worst content ever was produced, but the cream of the crop rose to the level of art, Emily Nussbaum writes. Sure, “you could easily memorialize the... More »

Best TV Series of the '00s

Joss Whedon, Judd Apatow, HBO prominently featured

(Newser) - From the standard (No. 16, Friday Night Lights) to the quirky (No. 29, Wonder Showzen), the long-running (No. 8, Lost) to the canceled-too-soon (No. 4, Freaks and Geeks), The Onion runs down the 30 best shows of the '00s:
  • No. 1, The Wire: This drama “unfolded like a great
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Go to Harvard, Study The Wire

Series focuses on different aspects of urban life

(Newser) - The Wire is about to get an Ivy League makeover. Harvard plans to offer a course on the HBO series about life in Baltimore's ghettos, the New York Post reports. The show "has done more to enhance our understanding of the challenges of urban life and the problems of... More »

The True Meaning of Obama's Reading List

Prez hunkers down with thrillers, Friedman

(Newser) - President Obama is on vacation, and that means it’s the media’s sacred duty to overanalyze his summer reading plans. John Dickerson of Slate delves into the meaning behind what Obama’s packing:
  • The Way Home by George Pelecanos
  • Lush Life by Richard Price
  • Hot Flat and Crowded by
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