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:
| The shows are so powerful - so well-written, acted, filmed and edited - that the experience of watching them has left me a complete wreck. |
I am so blown away by this show that I will go out on a limb here to declare that these 13 episodes just might comprise the single finest piece of work ever produced for American TV.
This season, creator/executive producer David Simon and his writers have come up with something new. To their depiction of cops, criminals and the Baltimore city government, they have added a storyline about the public school system and the difficulties associated with teaching inner-city kids who often choose the corner drug trade over education.
To tell this story, the show's producers have cast a group of child actors whose performances are jaw-dropping - principally the actors who play four neighborhood friends who all attend the same middle school.
Where these four characters are concerned, a warning: If your heart breaks easily, then you might want to avoid watching "The Wire" altogether.
But if your heart can stand it, following the story of these four boys for 13 Sundays this fall will be one of the most rewarding experiences you've ever had watching TV.