Just in case you’ve been watching the DVD sets of The Wire and missing the HBO television show, know that you’re not alone.

This week at a panel discussion on the toll of drug abuse on children and families, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder voiced his love for the HBO dramatic series and praised it for its realistic portrayal of the negative effects of the drug trafficking on everyday people.

Based on Baltimore’s drug trafficking struggles, The Wire developed a cult-like following before going off the air in 2008. Though the series always resonated with loyal fans and television critics, it never fully caught on in the ratings game.

Three of The Wire’s stars were present at the panel discussion including, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce, and Jim True-Frost. The actors were on hand to help the Department of Justice launch a new public awareness program.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Holder, along with other government officials, praised the series for its accurate depictions of children who are exposed to drug use, manufacturing or selling in their homes. The DOJ last year established an intra-agency task force to help kids in such situations.

Speaking to the actors, Holder said he had a message for The Wire’s creators Ed Burns and David Simon.

“Having looked at those clips again, I’m reminded how great that series was. I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, do another season of The Wire.”

As the audience laughed, Holder quipped:

“I want another season, or a movie. I have a lot of power.”

It’s been a quiet but productive week for Holder, who has been steadily leading the DOJ’s reform on drug policy. This week, the Attorney General threw his support behind granting early release for crack cocaine offenders. While there is some opposition to the measure, many activists believe it help to correct the disparities that have resulted in stricter sentences for minority offenders.

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  • MsMooreinDC

    Oh goodness, I have such a crush :)

  • bluebird

    “The Wire” is a show about social engineering. Although the show is well acting, produced, and written, the reality is that this show inadvertedly socializes black youth to cultivate images on tv.

    • PGS

      Umm, cultivate what kinds of images?

    • bluebird

      @ PGS
      The glamorization of the decay of blacks in the inner cities. One line from an episode from a black woman teacher summed it up perfectly: “you aren’t teaching these kids, you are socializing them to violence”, to paraphrase. Shows like “The Wire” promote the dehumanization of blacks as animals, in other worlds, as SAVAGES. This is a played out stereotype.

      No other ethnic group is showcased like blacks in the inner cities. Not even the 1st largest minority group, the Hispanics. Yet, a black attorney general comes out of his mouth to praise “The Wire”? Highly disappointing. He’s buck dancing to the tune of his puppet masters.

      Bye on that. Glad the show was cancelled.

      Shows such as “The Wire”, is detrimental and nothing more than psychological brainwashing.

    • PGS

      I hear what you’re saying, but I have to respectfully disagree with you.

      The Wire didn’t “glamorize of the decay of Blacks in the inner cities,” if anything it showed just how UNglamorous the drug game can be. It showed what happens when you start on that path (death & jail), and it didn’t make anyone, especially the “top” dealers, out to be heroes (Stringer ended up dead, Avon & Marlon ended up in prison). They were very flawed.

      I agree w/ Att. Gen. Holder, “The Wire” was a great show.

      It was “real” in the sense that it showed what actually happens, not the hyperbolic version of the ‘hood we get in other films and rap music. There were no heroes. If anything, it showed salvation and what happens when people decide to do better (i.e. Bubbles’ & Naymond’s transformations). It also showed how easily things can fall apart (Dookie’s decline) when a neighborhood lacks services & support, and the political system that constantly fails cities.

    • PGS

      Also, the show wasn’t cancelled. It ran its course.

    • bluebird

      @ PGS. Though you’ve made solid points, the point I was making is that shows like this that are put on air do showcase a glamorization of the urban decay of drugs. Though I haven’t seen “every episode” because I’ve no interest since I’ve seen stories like this in real life. Again, this show is nothing more than a regurgitation concept of played out formula ad nauseum on tv and movies.

      And I stand corrected on the show not being “cancelled” but “ran it’s course”. Too bad shows like “Undercovers” didn’t last long. Guess it wasn’t “hood enough”. Besides that, no one can name one good hour long black show on tv in the past 15 years that didn’t last as long as “The Wire”. Sad. Perhaps more blacks should demand better representation of their images on tv and not drugs in da hood.

      Most likely it will not happen because shows like “The Wire” are geared to social engineer and brainwash the next generation as if shows such as “The Wire” is an accurate depiction of the black community. Black communities have more than one story to tell, and I’m sick of the ones like “The Wire”being promoted like it’s Shakespeare, yet blacks do have a rich history besides slavery, civil rights, hip hop, drugs, gangs, & violence. Did “The Wire” show how the fed. gov. have been pumping drugs specifically into the black community for the past 40 years? Course not.

      Holder, should stick to focusing his efforts on actually changing the crack-cocaine laws, and why there are a huge prison complex where black men are one of the largest minority groups in jail. Holder can start there and not hype up some Hollywood tv show.

      And his good looks mean nothing in the long run.

    • PGS

      Again, I understand what you’re saying, but we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      The Wire was a well-written & well-acted show, period. That’s why it ran so long & enjoyed success (although it never won any awards, which it TOTALLY deserved).

      Also, “Undercovers” didn’t last long not because it wasn’t “hood enough,” but because it was boring. Boring shows get cancelled all the time & it just happened to fall victim to being a bad show.

      I agree that we need more GOOD black shows. Programs featuring quality writings + actings are also expensive, which is why we see so many reality shows (they’re cheaper to make & people love them). Increasing, the most interesting things for/by Black writers & filmmakers is happening online.

      Awkward Black Girl–which clutch cover is funny, and another one…”12 Steps to Recovery” is also pretty good. Look them up on YouTube.

    • bluebird

      @ PGS, thanks for the rec of Awkward Black Girl. I will check her out in addition to black writers going online. On your other points, I agree on how much cheaper it is to produce gawful reality shows, which doesn’t mean quality at all. I’ve pretty much stopped watching the bulk of them because I gain no personal value from them. “Undercovers” wasn’t boring to me, the show didn’t have time to establish itself, nor the full backing of the network’s promotions. The show lasted less than a season. There was so much potential. Law and Order should of been canceled 4 seasons ago, but it was kept on the air past it’s prime. Perhaps because “The Wire” was on cable, that is received more press and promotion. Hopefully the black writers and producers online don’t dumb down their work to the audience.

  • @pgs I agree with you.. one small point it’s Marlow not Marlon and he didn’t go to jail… Chris went to jail… i should know i have seen every single episodes… EVERY SINGLE ONE