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Speaking of The Wire: here’s Season 5!

The fifth and final season of HBO’s “The Wire” begins in January, this time focusing on layoffs at The Sun — where Simon once worked — and how newspapers fail to capture certain complex truths. Previous seasons of the acclaimed drama have featured drug dealers, struggling longshoremen, city politicians and inner-city students.

The drama is actually about “the decline of the American empire” and the failure of postmodern institutions, Simon said.

Meanwhile David Simon’s next HBO show will be about “musicians reconstituting their lives in New Orleans”, which sounds suitably unusual and interesting.

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