The official premiere date is Sept. 10 on HBO broadcast, but anyone with HBO On Demand can see the first episode on Sept. 4. Throughout the initial run, HBO plans to make each episode available to On Demand customers on Mondays, six days before the broadcast premiere. They've described this as an experiment, presumably to see whether the early availability via On Demand increases the viewership of this critically acclaimed but criminally underwatched series. Since not everyone has HBO On Demand, it is crucial that posts in this thread take care to avoid spoilers (or use spoiler protection). It used to be that we only had to worry about the 3-hour delay between east and west coasts. Now we have a delay of as much as 6 days between broadcast and On Demand. Fans and posters, please take note! This will be the first time in years that HBO isn't running one of its original series in the 9pm Sunday slot. Apparently, The Wire did better at 10pm (its original time) than at 9pm (which HBO tried for season 3). As a lead-in, HBO is doing movie premieres from 8-10pm on Sundays. Season 4 of The Wire has 13 episodes, and HBO is providing the entire series to reviewers, no doubt hoping to get reviews like the one by Adam Buckman that appeared in today's New York Post: http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/...am_buckman.htm (NOTE: I've quoted somewhat more extensively than usual, because the Post's articles don't stay active for more than a few days.) M.