History Trivia / TheWire

8th Jun '16 4:41:30 PM karstovich2
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** Subverted, after a fashion, with [=McNulty=]: although Landsman makes numerous jokes about [=McNulty=]'s "negligible Irish ancestry," Dominic West, although born in Yorkshire and identifying as English, actually is of primarily Irish ancestry.
22nd May '16 11:00:50 PM creader
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* TheWikiRule: Has a wiki [[http://thewire.wikia.com/wiki/The_Wire_on_HBO here.]]
26th Mar '16 1:11:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Gordon from ''Series/SesameStreet'' plays a cop in season 5.
** Plenty of cameos from Baltimore-area personalities. The Baltimore Sun office in season 5, for example, has several former Sun writers playing themselves in their old jobs.
** Many remember JD Williams (Bodie Broadus) as being Kenny Wangler from HBO's ''Series/{{Oz}}''. At least three cops played medium to minor characters in ''Series/{{Oz}}'', as well. Avon is the C.O. that smuggles a handgun to Said. The FBI mole has plenty of underground experience, what with being Busmalis aka "[[TunnelKing The Mole]]" in Oz.
** James Ransone (Ziggy Sobotka) starred in ''Series/GenerationKill'', another HBO show written by DavidSimon.
** [[Series/TrueBlood Andy Bellefleur]] plays Frank Sobotka (or is that the other way around).
** [[Series/TheHour Hector Madden]] used to work as a cop.
** The Greek will seem very familiar to fans of ''Franchise/LawAndOrder''. His actor has played several roles on that show, perhaps most notably the PedophilePriest who molested Mike Logan as a child.
** Back in season one, [[Series/TheWire Chris Partlow]] can be seen in court wearing a police uniform -- wait what?
** Before he turned to dealing heroin in Baltimore, Avon [[Film/RememberTheTitans was a high school football player in Virginia]].
** [[Film/GoneBabyGone Beatrice McReady]] (Amy Ryan) is actually a decent mother for once, and a cop, no less. Also makes a change from her other day job in HR in [[TheOffice Scranton, PA]]
** [[Series/GameOfThrones Littlefinger]] is another sleazy politician as Tommy Carcetti.
** In a past life, Prez [[Film/TheHudsuckerProxy invented the bendy straw]].
** Davis' bagman [[Series/ChappellesShow is rich, biatch!]] Doubles as RetroactiveRecognition because Donnell Rawlings made his first appearance in Season 1, long before "Chappelle's Show."
** Before being city editor, Gus Haynes worked as [[Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet Det. Meldrick Lewis]], at Baltimore.
** The Bunk used to be [[Film/{{Hackers}} hacker enemy number one.]]
** Scott Templeton, the lying newspaper reporter, is played by Oscar-winning writer/director/actor Creator/TomMcCarthy of ''Film/TheStationAgent'', ''Film/{{Up}}'' and ''Film/{{Spotlight}}''.
* HeyItsThatVoice: ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' fans will recognize Cutty as as [[TeamDad Coach]].
2nd Mar '16 9:20:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Scott Templeton, the lying newspaper reporter, is played by Oscar-winning writer/director/actor Creator/TomMcCarthy of ''Film/TheStationAgent'', ''Film/{{Up}'' and ''Film/{{Spotlight}}''.

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** Scott Templeton, the lying newspaper reporter, is played by Oscar-winning writer/director/actor Creator/TomMcCarthy of ''Film/TheStationAgent'', ''Film/{{Up}'' ''Film/{{Up}}'' and ''Film/{{Spotlight}}''.
2nd Mar '16 9:19:55 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Scott Templeton, the lying newspaper reporter, is played by Oscar-winning writer/director/actor Creator/TomMcCarthy of ''Film/TheStationAgent'', ''Film/{{Up}'' and ''Film/{{Spotlight}}''.
10th Dec '15 5:15:52 PM damus2300
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* CelebrityParadox; ''Music/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters who costarred with Tupac in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.

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* CelebrityParadox; ''Music/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters Harris who costarred with Tupac in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.
8th Dec '15 2:41:02 AM damus2300
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* CelebrityParadox; ''Creator/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters who costarred with Tupac in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.

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* CelebrityParadox; ''Creator/TupacShakur'' ''Music/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters who costarred with Tupac in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.
8th Dec '15 2:28:17 AM damus2300
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* ''Creator/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters who costarred with Tupac in''Film/AboveTheRim''.

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* CelebrityParadox; ''Creator/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters who costarred with Tupac in''Film/AboveTheRim''.in ''Film/AboveTheRim''.
8th Dec '15 2:26:34 AM damus2300
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* ''Creator/TupacShakur'' existed in ''The Wire'' universe yet no one notices Avon Barksdale looks a lot like Wood Peters who costarred with Tupac in''Film/AboveTheRim''.
8th Dec '15 12:34:33 AM TheWanderer
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* WordOfGod: David Simon has spoken on a number of points over the years, (including the sexual orientation of Bill Rawls, as mentioned above, or confirming that Chris Partlow was also molested as a child) but perhaps the most interesting case regards the newspaper storyline from Season 5. This plot arc is widely criticized for being simplistic and obvious compared to the depth and complexity of other stories, however Simon has claimed that the critics are missing the true point of the arc, and it isn't really about the evils of the newspaper business or holding Gus Haynes and a few other writers up as paragons of virtue, [[http://davidsimon.com/the-wires-final-season-and-the-story-everyone-missed/ but about how the newspaper (even the good people who still work in it) has completely lost touch with the lives of the people in its city.]]
-->Here’s what happened in season five of The Wire when almost no one — among the working press, at least — was looking: our newspaper missed every major story. The mayor, who came in promising reform, is instead forcing his police department to once again cook the stats to create the illusion that crime is going down. Uncovered. The school system has been teaching test questions to improve No Child Left Behind scores, and to protect the mayor politically and to validate a system that is failing to properly educate city children. No expose published. Key investigations and prosecutions are undercut or abandoned by the political machinations of police officials, prosecutors and political figures. Departmental priorities make high-level drug investigation prohibitive. Not the news that’s fit to print. Drug wars, territorial disputes, and the assassination of the city’s largest drug importer manage to produce a brief inside the metro section that refers only to the slaying of a second-hand appliance store owner. Par for the course.

-->That was the critique. With the exception of the good journalism that bookended the story arc — which is, of course, representative of the fact that there are still newspaper folk in Baltimore and elsewhere struggling mightily to do the job — the season amounted to ten hours of a newspaper that is no longer intimately aware of its city. ... A good newspaper covers its city and acquires not just the quantitative account of a day’s events, but the qualitative truth and meaning behind those events. A great newspaper does this routinely on a multitude of issues, across its entire region. Such a newspaper was not chronicled on The Wire. There were still good journalists in our make-believe newsroom, and they did some good work — just as there are still such souls in Baltimore and every city laboring in similar fashion and to similar result. But there used to be more of them. And they covered more ground, and they knew the terrain in a way that they no longer do.
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