This Day In Crime: THE WIRE Sep04

This Day In Crime: THE WIRE

On this day in 2002, HBO debuted a new series called THE WIRE. The series came from David Simon and tackled the drug trade in Baltimore. Unlike most network shows, THE WIRE made no attempt to portray the drug war in terms of black and white, but delivered a hard, clear look at the war on drugs, with burnt out, drunken cops and 15 year olds selling drugs to pay their rent. The show went on for five seasons. In my opinion, THE WIRE is the best drama in the history of television. I concede that some will disagree with me, but I suspect that those that do will have the series on their list of the best. Here are the beginning of the first...

HBO’S VICE PRINCIPALS Season One

With the sheer volume of television stations and the number of shows they produce it’s close to impossible to keep up with it all unless you are a full time viewer and that’s ALL you do. Having a number of other things going on in my life there are shows that slip by me and I discover later by some means or another.  While strolling through Target last week I spotted a DVD cover that caught my eye. Light blue with simple graphics. The package said VICE PRINCIPALS.  I picked it up and saw that I starred Walter Goggins and Danny McBride. I also saw the words comedy and HBO and that was enough, I brought that sucker home.   Having a night...

CORMORAN STRIKE: Filming underway for Rowling base...

Costumes have been donned, lines spoken as the cast of CORMORAN STRIKE begin filming on THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, the first story in J.K. Rowling crime series. In the first publicity shot (above) the British Strike and Robin can be seen standing outside Strike’s favorite pub, The Tottenham. After selling millions of Harry Potter books, Rowling decided to write a detective series under the pseudonym  Robert Galbraith. Sales for THE CUCKOO’S CALLING were sparse, but when word slipped out that Galbraith with really Rowling, her fans took the crime novel to the top of the charts.  THE SILKWORM and CAREER OF EVIL followed TCC and...

HBO to air Rowling’s CORMORAN STRIKE

HBO has announced the purchase of U.S. and Canadian rights to CORMORAN STRIKE, a series based on the Robert Galbraith novel. For those living under a rock, Galbraith is the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling and the three books have sold a reported four million copies worldwide. Rumors of HBO’s involvement has swirled for quite some time, but it is not official. According to Deadline, BBC One is producing the limited series, which will feature three stories: The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 one hour episodes), The Silkworm (3 one hour episodes) and Career of Evil (2 episodes). As I understand it, each story will be treated as it’s own limited...

THE NIGHT OF: Producer Steven Zaillian talks about...

On July 10th, THE NIGHT OF, debuts on HBO. An eight-part limited series created by Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “American Gangster”) and Richard Price (“The Color of Money,” HBO’s “The Wire”), THE NIGHT OF delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and Rikers Island, where the accused await trial. THE NIGHT OF stars John Turturro (“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) and Riz Ahmed (“Nightcrawler”), and was directed by Zaillian (7 episodes) and James Marsh (1 episode) from teleplays...