Update: The Wire
What's that famous line...
"Good people will always leave you for the one's who need it more..." It's something like that but as I just found in the newest edition of the New Yorker... it's true. David Simon, creator and birthman of the Wire was knowingly leaving after this season but we all just imagined he would ride into the sunset and enjoy a Mai Thai on a beach somewhere for all of us in the Land of Pleasant Living. However... and rightfully so... he is headed to New Orleans for his nest project. Given his breadth of knowledge about Baltimore and how that knowledge leant itself to the process of the Wire.. I can't imagine the carry over will be smooth. But - I have no choice but to wish him well.
If you have an interest... the New Yorker this month has a dedicated to our most beholden of shows. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/10/22/071022fa_fact_talbot
This is great writing - well a great quote from the MAN anyway - -
"The Wire," Simon often says, is a show about how contemporary American society-and, particularly, "raw, unencumbered capitalism"-devalues human beings. He told me, "Every single moment on the planet, from here on out, human beings are worth less. We are in a post-industrial age. We don't need as many of us as we once did. So, if the first season was about devaluing the cops who knew their beats and the corner boys slinging drugs, then the second was about devaluing the longshoremen and their labor, the third about people who wanted to make changes in the city, and the fourth was about kids who were being prepared, badly, for an economy that no longer really needs them. And the fifth? It's about the people who are supposed to be monitoring all this and sounding the alarm-the journalists. The newsroom I worked in had four hundred and fifty people. Now it's got three hundred. Management says, ‘We have to do more with less.' That's the bullshit of bean counters who care only about the bottom line. You do less with less."