One episode into its fourth season, HBO's gritty cop drama The Wire has been picked up for a fifth and final round.
The pay cable network's decision was triggered by very strong reviews for the current season of the show, set in the drug-saturated streets of West Baltimore.
"I had no question in my mind about the quality of the show, but you never know," HBO Entertainment president Carolyn Strauss said of the uniform critical praise. "The show is extraordinary and breathtaking."
The number of episodes for season five, which will focus on the role of the mass media, is yet to be determined.
After depicting for four seasons "that part of urban America that has been left behind by the economy and by the greater society," the show's final chapter will ask why, Wire creator-executive producer David Simon ...Read more
There aren't many television shows that are almost universally on every television critics' "Best Of" lists each year, but HBO's The Wire is one of the few. Often called "the best show no one is watching," The Wire is making its fifth season its last.
HBO has announced that the final season of The Wire will kick off January 6 at 8 p.m. The show is a gritty crime drama set in Baltimore, but tells the story from both the viewpoints of the police force and the perpetrators. Season five will see a plotline involving the city's newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, which writer-creator David Simon worked for as a police reporter.
In preparation for the launch of season five, HBO has also created three Wire prequel shorts, offering insight into the ...Read more