Just in case you’ve been watching the DVD sets of The Wire and missing the HBO television show, know that you’re not alone.
This week at a panel discussion on the toll of drug abuse on children and families, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder voiced his love for the HBO dramatic series and praised it for its realistic portrayal of the negative effects of the drug trafficking on everyday people.
Based on Baltimore’s drug trafficking struggles, The Wire developed a cult-like following before going off the air in 2008. Though the series always resonated with loyal fans and television critics, it never fully caught on in the ratings game.
Three of The Wire’s stars were present at the panel discussion including, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce, and Jim True-Frost. The actors were on hand to help the Department of Justice launch a new public awareness program.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Holder, along with other government officials, praised the series for its accurate depictions of children who are exposed to drug use, manufacturing or selling in their homes. The DOJ last year established an intra-agency task force to help kids in such situations.
Speaking to the actors, Holder said he had a message for The Wire’s creators Ed Burns and David Simon.
“Having looked at those clips again, I’m reminded how great that series was. I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon, do another season of The Wire.”
As the audience laughed, Holder quipped:
“I want another season, or a movie. I have a lot of power.”
It’s been a quiet but productive week for Holder, who has been steadily leading the DOJ’s reform on drug policy. This week, the Attorney General threw his support behind granting early release for crack cocaine offenders. While there is some opposition to the measure, many activists believe it help to correct the disparities that have resulted in stricter sentences for minority offenders.