We're going to blame the Times of London pay wall for the fact that we're just now seeing The Wire creator David Simon's e-mailed response to the paper following Attorney General Eric Holder's light-hearted plea for another season of The Wire at a drug-policy event in Washington last Tuesday. "I want to speak directly to [Co-creator Ed] Burns and Mr. Simon: Do another season of The Wire," Holder said, adding, "I have a lot of power, Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon." Late last week, Simon replied with a counter offer:
The attorney general's kind remarks are noted and appreciated. I've spoken to Ed Burns and we are prepared to go to work on season six of The Wire if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive, and dehumanizing drug prohibition.
The exchange has at least clarified one thing: the chances of another season of The Wire are now exactly the same as America having a rational dialogue about drug-law reform.
- Simon's Response, Morgan Jeffrey, Digital Spy