He is a heroin dealer and kingpin in Baltimore; he is second only to his childhood friend and fellow gangster and boss, Avon Barksdale. Stringer serves as the secondary antagonist of the first season of the series, but becomes the main antagonist of seasons 2 and 3. Avon also tasked Stringer with assisting Stinkum in taking over new territory for the organization.
Conception[ edit ] Simon has stated that he originally set out to create a police drama loosely based on the experiences of his writing partner Ed Burnsa former homicide detective and public school teacher who had worked with Simon on projects including The Corner Burns, when working on protracted investigations of violent drug dealers using surveillance technology, had often been frustrated by the bureaucracy of the Baltimore Police Department ; Simon saw similarities with his own ordeals as a police reporter for The Baltimore Sun.
Simon chose to set the show in Baltimore because of his familiarity with the city. During his time as a writer and producer for the NBC program Homicide: Life on the Streetbased on his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streetsalso set in Baltimore, Simon had come into conflict with NBC network executives who were displeased by the show's pessimism.
Simon wanted to avoid a repeat of these conflicts and chose to take The Wire to HBObecause of their working relationship from the miniseries The Corner. HBO was initially doubtful about including a police drama in its lineup but agreed to produce the pilot episode.
He hoped the show would change the opinions of some viewers but said that it was unlikely to affect the issues it portrays. List of The Wire characters The casting of the show has been praised for avoiding big-name stars and using character actors who appear natural in their roles.
Wendell Piercewho plays Detective Bunk Morelandwas the first actor to be cast. Dominic Westwho won the ostensible lead role of Detective Jimmy McNultysent in a tape he recorded the night before the audition's deadline of him playing out a scene by himself.
Williams got the part of Omar Little after only a single audition. Jay Landsmana longtime police officer who inspired the character of the same name played Lieutenant Dennis Mello. The Corner veteran, Robert F. Colesberrywas executive producer for the first two seasons and directed the season 2 finale before dying from complications from heart surgery in He is credited by the rest of the creative team as having a large creative role for a producer, and Simon credits him for achieving the show's realistic visual feel.
Thorson joined him on the production staff. Alvarez is a colleague of Simon's from The Baltimore Sun and a Baltimore native with working experience in the port area. Zorzi joined the writing staff in the third season and brought a wealth of experience to the show's examination of Baltimore politics.
Overmyer was brought into the full-time production staff to replace Pelecanos who scaled back his involvement to concentrate on his next book and worked on the fourth season solely as a writer.
The directing has been praised for its uncomplicated and subtle style. The screen then fades or cuts to black while the intro music fades in. The show's opening title sequence then plays; a series of shots, mainly close-ups, concerning the show's subject matter that changes from season to season, separated by fast cutting a technique rarely used in the show itself.
The opening credits are superimposed on the sequence, and consist only of actors' names without identifying which actors play which roles. In addition, actors' faces are rarely seen in the title sequence. At the end of the sequence, a quotation is shown on-screen that is spoken by a character during the episode.
The three exceptions were the first season finale which uses the phrase "All in the game", attributed to "Traditional West Baltimore", a phrase used frequently throughout all five seasons including that episode; the fourth season finale which uses the words "If animal trapped call " written on boarded up vacant homes attributed to "Baltimore, traditional" and the series finalewhich started with a quote from H.
Mencken that is shown on a wall at The Baltimore Sun in one scene, neither quote being spoken by a character. Progressive story arcs often unfold in different locations at the same time.He was a DJ from Hackney struggling to find acting work when he landed the role of Stringer Bell, a hard-core Baltimore gangster in the cult TV show The Wire.
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The Wire premiered on June 2, , and ended on March 9, , comprising 60 episodes over five seasons.. Set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland, The Wire introduces a different institution.