David Simon, creator and executive producer of HBO’s “The Wire,” is on my cell phone. I’m taping him. See if he likes it. “When I first went out into the inner-city streets of Baltimore as a reporter, I was just trying to figure out the cops,” he says. “Their names, what they drank, how they thought and spoke. The best thing that happened was that I never got promoted from the police beat. “Most police are a piece of work. They’re different from you and I. But then the next trick is not to just rely on the police point of view, but also to learn the street from the perspective of the people they are trying to police.” This is crucial. It’s why “The Wire,” which had its season-four debut last week (and which just got renewed for an upcoming fifth season), sizzles with verisimilitude, crackling with authentic ghetto street dialogue and squad room gallows humor. Unlike most crime shows, “The Wire” has no stock heroes and villains; everyone wears a gray hat, and none of the story lines feel phoned in from Hollywood’s area code 323. Simon, 46, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, also penned “Homicide: Life on… Read full this story
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