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