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Televised Programming Bulletin. #016:

The Wire, 4.1: "Boys of Summer" premieres today on HBO OnDemand. It begins its run on the regular HBO on Sunday, 9/10 at 10 p.m.

"If you come at the king, you best not miss."


Bubs (I skipped the last four paragraphs because it referenced s4 shenanigans.)

Prop Joe

In preparing that August magnum opus on why "The Wire" is the best drama in HBO's history, I did a lengthy interview with Simon and producer Ed Burns, then did several e-mail follow-ups with Simon. In one of those, I asked for his reaction to a New York Times story from early last year about a Queens drug crew that allegedly picked up counter-surveillance tips from watching "The Wire." Having seen that, I asked Simon, did he ever have concerns that he was helping to create smarter criminals?

"I have no reaction to the story," he wrote, "except to say that everything we are depicting on 'The Wire' is common knowledge among professional drug traffickers in and around Baltimore, Md. If someone in Queens, N.Y., needed an HBO drama to bring them up to speed on basic counter-surveillance techniques, it speaks poorly as to the industry standard in that city."

-- Alan Sepinwall

The Sports Guy finally stumbles in.

Nice stuff from Sports Guy, but I'm sick of hearing people claim s2 is not as good as s1. Bill Simmons doesn't care about Polish people.

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