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TV Writers Pay Tribute To 'Hill Street Blues'

HuffingtonPost.com | Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.23.2014 | TV

The pilot for the 1981 drama "Hill Street Blues" opens on chaos. Police officers and other employees mill around a drab, disorganized meeting room. Bl...

Watch: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.

Advice to Plutocrat Perkins: Time to Shut Up!

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There's a rule of thumb in cyberspace etiquette known as Godwin's Law. A variation of that law boils down to this: He who first compares the other side to Nazis loses, and the conversation is at an end. Unless you're billionaire Tom Perkins, who seems dedicated to digging a deeper and deeper hole for himself.

Happy News Year: 'The News Dissector' Looks Beyond The Top Stories of the Year to Examine the News System

Danny Schechter | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

At year end, the news agenda fills up with stories on top stories, a chance for networks to repackage footage or highlight favorite newsmakers. These...

With Treme, Blues at the Equinox

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.09.2014 | Entertainment
Sam Chaltain

In the face of such banal reforms, and amidst the death and the betrayal, and the corruption and delay and disappointment, Treme reminds us of something that the rest of our popular entertainment seeks to skip over.

'The Wire' Creator Rails Against Inequality In America

Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

David Simon doesn't like to mince words. The creative genius behind such acclaimed television shows as "The Wire" and "Treme" has never been one to...

How She Changed Paths At 42 And Became A Bestselling Author

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Women

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standout...

'The Wire' Creator: If I Was Black, I'd 'Pick Up A Brick' & Head To Courthouse

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 07.16.2013 | Entertainment

David Simon, the man behind "The Wire" and "Treme," has often commented on social and political matters, and his latest offering is as sharply worded ...

NSA Surveillance Is Legal, and That's the Worst Thing About It

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

One of the most disturbing realities the surveillance revelations have brought into relief is that in its drive to safeguard national security, the Obama Administration has concocted tactics that draw a sharp line dividing the state and the public, casting the latter in the role of potential conspirator.

'Endless Wars Overseas, Infringing on Civil Liberties at Home': An Interview on NSA Surveillance With Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

"We shouldn't be surprised that a government establishment that is not being held accountable or in check by any other institution, that is Byzantine in size, structure and purpose, and that receives 25 percent of all government funding is overreaching."

The Prejudice We Permit

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.17.2013 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

Prejudice can kill. George Zimmerman saw a young black male wearing a hoodie, and made a decision that reflected the dictionary definition of prejudi...

The House I Live In Is an All-Encompassing Look at the Disgraceful 'War on Drugs'

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Eugene Jarecki's newest documentary, The House I Live In , is a superb and comprehensive look at the last forty years of drug policy in America.

Man Who Inspired Omar Little On 'The Wire' Dies

The Huffington Post | Alex Moaba | Posted 10.21.2013 | TV

Donnie Andrews, the former Baltimore stick-up man who inspired the Omar Little character on "The Wire," died Thursday in New York City after suffering...

The New Ninth Ward

Sam Chaltain | Posted 12.31.2012 | TV
Sam Chaltain

We have met the enemy, and it is us. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we may actually figure out a way to be free. Until that happens, get ready -- a new Ninth Ward is coming your way soon.

David Simon Reveals 'The Wire' Spinoff That Never Was

The Huffington Post | Alex Moaba | Posted 09.26.2012 | TV

David Simon has written and produced two series for HBO after "The Wire" -- "Generation Kill" and "Treme" -- but it turns out there was almost a third...

'Treme' Will Get Final Season

Posted 09.23.2012 | TV

The third season of "Treme" won't be its last. According to series creator David Simon, HBO will renew the series for a shortened fourth and final sea...

How 'The Wire' Changed Claire Danes

Posted 09.21.2012 | TV

"The Wire" had a significant impact on "Homeland" leading lady Claire Danes. In an interview with New York Times' T Magazine, Danes revealed that the ...

'The Wire' Creator Blasts Romney's Recent Comments

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 08.17.2012 | Entertainment

David Simon, journalist and creator of "The Wire" and "Treme" took to his blog Thursday to denounce Mitt Romney's recent admission that he "never paid...

Here's How Long It Would Take You To Earn A Top CEO Salary

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- David Simon of Simon Property received a pay package worth more than $137 million for last year, and the typical CEO took home $9.6 mill...

The Old-School NOLA Charms of Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dan Lybarger | Posted 07.24.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Lybarger

Few bands today embody the Crescent City sound and lifestyle as wholly as Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Taking Issue With The Creator Of 'The Wire'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.09.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

An episode of television can stand on its own, as a complete work. It can tell a story that reverberates in our hearts and minds for years. The truly lasting stories are the ones that make us care about the people at the center of the saga.

David Simon Addresses 'The Wire' Controversy, Rips TV Recaps

HitFix | Posted 04.06.2012 | TV

As you know if you've been reading me for more than five seconds, I think "The Wire" is the best drama to ever air on television. I'm also an enormous...

The Internet Makes Trust and Insight Scarce Commodities, and Makes Newsroom Veterans More Valuable

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 01.23.2012 | Media
Dr Johnny Ryan

While the Internet makes information plentiful, and this in turn may be a challenge to some aspects of the newspaper business, deep insight and trust remain as scarce as they have ever been.

Where Have All 'The Wire' Stars Gone?

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 11.23.2011 | Home

Like most "Wire" fans who deeply and un-healthily lament the loss of a beloved masterpiece, the mere mention of anyone associated with the HBO ensembl...

'Treme' Creator: Show Will Address BP Disaster, If It Lasts

loop21.com | Brentin Mock | Posted 10.29.2011 | Black Voices

David Simon, creator of "The Wire," the HBO series considered by many to be the best television show ever, and "Treme," also on HBO, which chronicles ...