EW has exclusively learned that PaleyFest NY will be reuniting cast members from The Wire with show creator David Simon and executive producer Nina Noble on Oct. 16 at The Paley Center for Media in New York City. The Wire alums participating in the panel are Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, Seth Gilliam, Jim True-Frost, John Doman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, and Jamie Hector. Dominic West will do a special video intro for the reunion.
The HBO show premiered in 2002 and ran for five seasons, garnering widespread critical acclaim for its grand, multi-layered portrayal of the Baltimore drug trade. The panel will discuss experiences working on the show and cover key issues that the show brought to the cultural surface.
Tickets for The Wire panel discussion will go on-sale Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10am E.T. at www.PaleyFest.org.
The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons.
Each season of The Wire introduces a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, theseaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly ofcharacter actors who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is “really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution to which they are committed.”
Despite only receiving average ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time.The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of social and political themes.