'The Wire': HBO Drops Premiere Date (1/6), Early On Demand, 5 Promos

The fifth and final season of HBO’s The Wire will premiere on Sunday, January 6th and the network has announced their intentions to release episodes in advance via their On Demand services, says TV Squad. The first episode will be available On Demand as of December 31st, and each following new episode will be released there a week early, on Mondays.

The tagline for this season is “Read Between the Lines,” in reference to the added element of the media’s influence and coverage of the street happenings in creator David Simon’s own take on Baltimore. Earlier days found Simon cutting his teeth on the beat for The Baltimore Sun, and he’s promised to inject some word-for-word dialogue and anecdotes from his recollection of that era.

For what many critics have called The Greatest Series on Television, or at the very least, the best left standing, season five is a deathmarch, but a proud one. For a show so raw, unsweetened, and full of piss and vinegar, (not to mention criminally underwatched) to get off the launch pad is one thing. For it to last a full five, just as was intended by Simon and co-creator Ed Burns from the start, and roam among all the dregs and detritus for such a span is a rare blessing.

Now please divert your attention to the five new promos for The Wire that I’ve found online – long enough for me to extract myself from David Simon’s rear.

“Let McNulty Be McNulty” by James McNulty

“One Step at a Time” by Reginald Cousins [Bubbles]

“Play or Get Played” by Omar Little

“Give The People What They Want” by Thomas Carcetti

“It’s All About the Crown” by Marlo Stanfield

Video Previews of The Wire Season 5 and Generation Kill
David Simon Profiled, Eyes New Orleans for New Series

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Posted by Ted Zee on November 29th 2007 | Home Page | 28 Comments Subscribe to this site's feed

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  1. Television News for November 29 | Pop Vultures Says:

    […] find someone to kiss at midnight” ritual and start watching it on New Year’s Eve. Big Screen Little Screen has compiled all the promo clips if you want a taste of what’s to come. Me, I came late to […]

  2. Brian Says:

    I’m pretty strong. I didn’t start breathing heavily until Snoop spoke up. Damn, I think I need to get my cable back.

  3. ollyjackson.co.uk Says:

    […] The fifth season of The Wire will apparently start on December 6th, aces. The site also lists five of the teasers that must be airing on HBO in the US. […]

  4. Pete Ashton’s Blog » The Wire season 5 starts soon Says:

    […] happy day! Season 5 of The Wire starts appearing stateside on December 31st and it looks to be a doozy. This post has five little spoiler-free spots looking at five of the […]

  5. bill p Says:

    note Steve Earl in the background of the Bubbles scene.

  6. freaky.be » links for 2007-12-02 Says:

    […] The Wire season 5: HBO Drops Premiere Date (1/6) For what many critics have called The Greatest Series on Television, or at the very least, the best left standing, season five is a deathmarch, but a proud one. (tags: tv the_wire) […]

  7. a farewell tribute to kc, an original austin pantser at Poshdeluxe Says:

    […] the last season of the wire starts in january! i can’t wait to get stressed out and depressed and anxious, i.e. enjoy this amazing show. and then i will cry. not just cos it will be over, but because baltimore is probably gonna implode. […]

  8. ‘The Wire’: Prequel Shorts » bigscreenlittlescreen.net Says:

    […] a week after five promotional shorts for the fifth and final season of The Wire popped up online, HBO has released three new shorts to […]

  9. Stop Smiling Magazine » When They Were Young. Says:

    […] each fifth season episode (as if we needed more incentive to watch). And in case you missed them, here are five more short promos for the show, each one centered around a different character. Is it […]

  10. some things » I-am-Rock Says:

    […] Some news on The Wire’s final season, including five short (but awesome) video promos. […]

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  12. jose Says:

    no better show has ever aired.

  13. Xclusive Says:

    First off I want to state that The Wire is the BEST SHOW EVER!!!!!! I’ll be in front of the TV tonight!!!

  14. Vito Says:

    Thats messed up what happened to Butchie!! I hope Marlo and crew get what they get from Omar.
    I ain’t exactly gay friendly… but when it comes to Omar that faggot really comes at his prey hard. So Marlo might be booty meat when Omar finishes him off

  15. Anonymous Says:

    slim charles name is not anwan it is ghengas. I think you all have him mixed up.

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    slim will get his revenge

  17. mike Says:

    slim will get his revenge

  18. mental_floss Blog » The Triumphant Conclusion of “The Wire” Says:

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  19. Hayache Says:

    Never seen those videos about the wire… :(

    That serie was so good… Really similar to the shield, that I liked very much too.

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