Well, the word is definitely out. My love for The Wire has been well documented. With the fourth season, my love for this show has spun out of control. I have watched each of the first three episodes multiple times, and it drives me insane that I can't seem them all now.
While we wait for new episodes to come available "on demand" on Mondays and then play in HD on Sundays, I am left googling and googling. Did you know HBO links to the iTunes music store for all the songs appearing in the show? And here's a great quote frm David Simon from a Q&A with AOL Members:
And it's nice to be paid well for doing this gig, but if money was the goal I would not be trying to construct a television drama anything like The Wire. I think I've demonstrated, with The Wire and The Corner both, that I am capable of marginalizing myself in a niche within television's mass communications model. Specifically, I've shown the television networks that I can produce stories that receive critical acclaim but do not draw big Hollywood numbers, and therefore, my opportunities to make big Hollywood money are not there. Don't misunderstand: I am well paid. But if money were the purpose here, my bad guys would be Irish or Italian, my cops would hunt them down to great gratification, and the city depicted would be whiter, more affluent and filled with big-titted, long-legged women. The Wire is either not the work of someone thinking about payday, or if I am that someone, I am quite incompetent.