Treme is a lovely show about New Orleans and jazz and highly competitive kitchen, but every time we watch it, we're distinctly aware we're not watching The Wire, Baltimore-set cops-and-crooks epic, also from creator David Simon, that aired on HBO from 2002 through 2008.
Attorney General Eric Holder evidently feels the same way. Yesterday he invited three of the show's actors--Wendell Pierce (Det. Bunk Moreland), Sonja Sohn (Det. Kima Greggs), and Jim True-Frost (Roland Pryzbylewski, the detective-turned-teacher from season four)--to Washington to announce a new anti-drug public relations campaign at the Justice Department. In their presence, the attorney general offered a heartfelt--if three-years-too-late--pitch to save the show.
"I want to speak directly to [Co-creator Ed] Burns and Mr. Simon: Do another season of The Wire,” said as the audience laughed and applauded.“That’s actually at a minimum. … If you don’t do a season, do a movie. We’ve done HBO movies, this is a series that deserves a movie. I want another season or I want a movie. I have a lot of power Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon.”
"Hear, Hear!" Wendell Pierce was heard to exclaim.