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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
Listeners to the Kojo Nnamdi Show got a bit more than they bargained for when "The Wire" creator David Simon called in this afternoon to offer his two cents on the Kwame Brown story. Kojo was in the middle of a conversation about the disgraced D.C. City Council Chairman, who recently resigned after criminal charges. The talk show host was chatting with staff from WAMU, local journalists and a former prosecutor when Simon picked up the phone. Simon had apparently been listening to the discussion -- with growing irritation -- while driving around in the car, and got on the phone.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
Sun media critic David Zurawik emailed “Wire” creator David Simon seeking an assessment from him of Idris Elba for a feature story on Elba. Simon's generous and thoughtful email reply seemed too good not to publish on its own. Here's what Simon has to say about the actor who helped him bring Stringer Bell to life - and then death: “From the very first episodes, Idris demonstrated the abilities and dynamics of being a breakout star. It was all there in the first dailies, actually.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
HBO's Martin Luther King miniseries is going to have a strong Baltimore flavor with David Simon confirming Wednesday that he will be involved in the project based on the books of Baltimore author Taylor Branch. Deadline.com first reported Simon's involvement in the project as speculation today, with Mike Fleming Jr. writing , "I'm hearing that David Simon , the architect of the HBO series The Wire, Homicide and most recently Treme , will spearhead the HBO six-hour miniseries adaptation of America: In The King Years , based on the celebrated book trilogy by Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2010
Television writer David Simon might have just picked up a MacArthur Award, commonly called a "genius grant. " School principal and super mom Debbie Phelps might excel at educating others. And Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake might have the intellectual firepower to run an entire city. But that doesn't mean they're up to the challenge of repeating the sixth grade. Indeed, Simon had to rely on two petite powerhouses — middle school students Tyteyona Berry and Rickelle Carter — to defeat five other teams Saturday night in the "Are You Smarter Than a Sixth-Grader" fundraising competition.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
David Simon shares his feelings about the possibility of the Koch brothers owning Tribune papers like the Baltimore Sun in a video interview that you can see here . The interview was done at the request of the Working Families Party, according to Simon, who was once a reporter at the Sun. "When I heard that the Koch brothers, bless their hearts, were interested in purchasing newspapers, the Baltimore Sun, my alma mater, in particular, I...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2013
In two decades of covering David Simon's television career, one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that he was never boring or predictable. And he came through again last week in an interview that I had imagined as a simple Q&A advancing the five-episode series finale of “Treme,” which starts at 9 Sunday night on HBO. In my last question, I asked what was next for him. And I was surprised to hear the creator of “The Wire,” which many analysts rightfully consider the greatest series in the history of prime-time television, say he might be leaving the medium.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,[Sun Television Critic] | September 10, 2006
David Simon, the Emmy- and Peabody-Award-winning creator of The Wire, has an unusual promise for viewers of the Baltimore-based, HBO drama that begins its fourth season tonight: He won't desert them at the end of the 13-episode cycle -- even if the series is canceled. THE WIRE / / Season 4 begins at 10 tonight on HBO
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2010
David Simon rolled up his sleeves as he prepared to hit the hall full of Johns Hopkins students with his sermon of disillusionment. "There is nothing that makes me optimistic about the future of the country," he said, responding to one student's question about hopeful signs for her generation. Simon's Baltimore-based crime drama, "The Wire," is now part of the curriculum at Hopkins. Students had spent three months admiring the show's painful candor as it tackled the issues facing their newly adopted city.
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By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2010
The show about New Orleans musicians and the Baltimore crime drama are vastly different, but their shared DNA does shine through. One of the great joys of the HBO's drama "Treme" is watching the way that Wendell Pierce, known to fans of "The Wire" as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland, makes you come to care about his new character, Antoine Batiste, a struggling trombone player trying to make it in post-Katrina New Orleans. Batiste is our point of entry and a guide into the culture of that city.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Click here for the gallery "The Wire: Where Are they Now?" Robert F. Chew, a 52-year-old Baltimore actor and teacher who portrayed one of television's most unforgettable characters as Proposition Joe on HBO's “The Wire,” died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Northeast Baltimore, according to Clarice Chew, his sister. Mr. Chew, who appeared in “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “The Corner,” as well as “The Wire,” also taught and mentored child and young adult actors at Baltimore's Arena Players, a troupe he stayed with as his television career blossomed in David Simon HBO series.
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