Sunday night on HBO, a very good thing will come to an end. It’s the final episode of “The Wire.” Fans are already grieving.
There’s cool stuff on the Web this week to enhance one’s appreciation of this groundbreaking series. Let me point you to a few.
Showrunner David Simon was on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” yesterday, being interviewed by Terry Gross. (Thanks for the heads-up, Invisible Woman.) I’m streaming a 3-minute excerpt on my Vox blog; click here to listen.
In that excerpt, Simon discusses the death of Omar. He also gives some real-life background on an earlier scene – controversial at the time – where Omar jumped out of a fifth-story window in the middle of a gunfight.
To stream the entire 40-minute “Fresh Air” interview, follow this link to NPR.org. Or you can go to the iTunes store and download it for free.
Baltimore broadcaster Marc Steiner has been providing “Wire”-related podcasts this week on his blog. You can stream or download Steiner’s interviews with Simon, writer-producer Ed Burns, and actors Clarke Peters and Robert Chew... with Andre Royo (“Bubbles”) coming tomorrow.
I’m streaming a 1½ -minute piece of the Robert Chew interview, in which he talks about the real-life foundation of the “Proposition Joe” character. Click here to hear it.
I loved Prop Joe. Chew delivered his lines with exquisite timing. I’ll never forget when he said, in reference to one prodigious killer, “He got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.”
The line I always wanted to put in Prop Joe’s mouth, but never got the chance, was: “Niggas can fuck up a wet dream.”
Oh well. Sad to see this story’s last chapter.