Can Attorney General Eric Holder Summon New Season of ‘The Wire’?

Attorney General Eric Holder; Screenshot from 'The Wire'

Attorney General Eric Holder; Screenshot from ‘The Wire’

Series creator David Simon asked for ‘drug war’ reforms. Eric Holder delivered. Enough for a season 6?

By Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele

This article was published at The Root on August 30, 2013.

David Simon, the creator and lead writer of the HBO drama series The Wire, may owe viewers a sixth season of the critically acclaimed show in order to make good on an offer he extended to Attorney General Eric Holder a few years back. 

As many may know, Holder, like President Barack Obama, is a huge fan of The Wire. The series’ five seasons showed a grassroots view of Baltimore’s drug epidemic and the institutions influenced by it. During a 2011 panel discussion on drug abuse, Holder described how he hoped Simon and his writing partner Ed Burns would put pen to paper to drum up another chapter of the Baltimore tale.

“I want to speak directly to Burns and Mr. Simon, the attorney general said. “Do another season of The Wire.”

“That’s actually at a minimum. If you don’t do a season, do a movie,” Holder joked.

Simon—a former crime reporter—realized that he had the ear of the nation’s top law-enforcer and wasted no time delineating what he wanted the attorney general to do in return: 86 the nation’s war on drugs.

“The Attorney General’s kind remarks are noted and appreciated,” Simon wrote in a published email, before going in for the jugular and issuing his counter-offer: 

“We are prepared to go to work on season six of ‘The Wire’ if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanizing drug prohibition,” Simon wrote.

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