HBO Re-Hangs 'Wire' in January
Final season adds media to show's canvas
The fifth and last season of the acclaimed series will premiere on HBO Sunday, Jan. 6. The show will continue to follow the stories of cops, drug dealers and those caught in between the two in Baltimore, while adding the media to the picture. Creator David Simon, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, says the coming season will reflect on the problems traditional media have in covering the complex problems depicted on the series.
"It made sense to finish 'The Wire' with this reflection on the state of the media, as all the other attendant problems of the American city depicted in the previous four seasons will not be solved until the depth and range of those problems is first acknowledged," Simon asserts. "And that won't happen without an intelligent, aggressive and well-funded press."
After spending much of season four as a supporting character, Dominic West's Jimmy McNulty will be front and center once again this season (West also directed an episode). The season opens with he and the rest of the special detail continuing to stake out drug dealer Marlo (Jamie Hector), while Col. Daniels (Lance Reddick) re-assigns Freamon (Clarke Peters) and Sydnor (Corey Parker Robinson) to the investigation of state Sen. Clay Davis (Isiah Whitlock).
Meanwhile, the city editor of the Sun (Clark Johnson, who also directs on the series) works with a team of reporters to break a story linking a politician to one of the co-op's dealers. In addition to Johnson, new regulars this season include Tom McCarthy ("Boston Public," "Flags of Our Fathers") and Michelle Paress, along with Neal Huff and Michael Kostroff, both of whom had recurring parts on the show in the past.
As it did last season, HBO will make "The Wire" available on demand six days before each episode's on-air debut. The season premiere will go up on HBO On Demand on Monday, Jan. 31.