Reporting Mary Bubala
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.