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U.S. Attorney General Wants HBO Series ‘The Wire’ To Return

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s been off the air for three years. But the HBO series “The Wire” is being touted by a top government official who wants another season.

Mary Bubala reports U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says the Baltimore show accurately depicted the plight of children exposed to drugs.

Actress Sonja Sohn was part of a panel discussion Wednesday about children and their exposure to the drug culture.

She was invited to the Justice Department by Attorney General Eric Holder— a fan of “The Wire”— who thinks the groundbreaking HBO series that depicted the gritty street life of Baltimore should make a comeback because it accurately portrayed how the use, manufacturing and violence of illegal drugs impacted children.

According to the Washington Examiner, Holder sent a message to the show’s creators, who were not there.

“I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, do another season of ‘The Wire,’”  Holder said. “I have a lot of power.” Holder then chuckled.

City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke understands “The Wire” has a lot of fans  and that it did shine a light on how children can be caught up in the drug culture but she says it’s time to move on and show a different side of Baltimore to the nation.

“What can be done, and must be done, not just what’s wrong, and pathetic but what’s hopeful,” Clarke said.

Former wire actress Sonja Sohn now leads a program called “Re-Wired for Change” – it’s Baltimore-based and helps underserved young people live better lives.

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  1. MiMiD'Vine says:

    Baltimore does not need this type of so called entertainment. I think it has the opposite effect on the youth. In my opinion, the show glorified the drug culture here. I agree with Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, show something that will get these kids and families a positive message of hope.

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:

    REAL GOOD FOR TOURISM. BRIGHT IDEA FROM OUR GOVERNMENT/

  3. JoeFromAACounty says:

    MIMI IS CORRECT………….THEY SHOULD BRING BACK “THE JEFFERSONS”………..THAT SHOW DEMONSTRATED THAT EVEN A SHORT BLACK MAN COULD OWN A SUCCESSFUL CHAIN OF DRY CLEANING ESTABLISHMENTS!!!!!

    NOW THAT’S WHAT ALL THE LITTLE SHINES WANT TO BECOME WHEN THEY GROW UP!!!!!!

    1. Joana F. Joasil says:

      “the little shines” ….pure ignorance…..

  4. Appalled by Joe Joe says:

    Wow Joe, really?

  5. Joana F. Joasil says:

    mixed emotions……didn’t watch the show when it was on, but recently started watching it at the insistence of friends. The show really does a great job depicting the drug game in Baltimore and was a great vehicle of change at the time it was on air in regards to the development of antidrug programs for youths and of course generating money for Baltimore. But now what?

    The show did not in any way decrease the crime rate or end drugs. In fact, it only glorified Baltimore’s nickname as “Body-more” and feed tourists’ ignorance that every corner in Baltimore was drug- infested and crime-ridden. I’m tired of people asking me “is it really like that in Baltimore”…rolling my eyes & shaking my head….if the show does return by some miraculous pulling of strings, I hope it fuels residential programs for youths as well as drug tx programs.

  6. Gwen Hawkins says:

    OK you have all the CSI whatevers and Law and Order all over the place. And they do all these cookie cutter cupcake shows on tv. And When someone write something REALISTIC oh there is a problem?! Everyday you we are surrounded by fake people and unrealistic BS shows on tv… Then you have The Wire that comes in like a breath of fresh air to give you something that is REAL and where there isnt a “Happily Ever After” story that mislead you to think that this is how things really go down. If it reminds you of your childhood then…. DONT WATCH IT. If it gives you bad dreams and you like livng in you fake buble then DONT WATCH IT. It’s not for the weak at heart so if you fall in that category then stop complaing and DONT WATCH IT. Let the others who like REAL and love shows that are not based on the cookie cutter plastic barbie method of televison WATCH and ENJOY the one show that is actually worth watching.

  7. janice F. says:

    I would like to see the hit show wire return. To me it was educational and interesting. I was very sad that the hit show ended. I have cousins in N.C who was excited about coming to baltimore to see where the wire was made. I feel this show shine a light on this city. Good or bad it made people take notice of us. Now that we are on the map it’s up to us to show the world a different side.

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