Last week, The Wire creator David Simon was interviewed in the New York Times seemingly criticizing people for showing up to watch The Wire 4 years after it went off the air.
The number of people blogging television online â€” itâ€™s ridiculous. They donâ€™t know what weâ€™re building. And by the way, thatâ€™s true for the people who say weâ€™re great. They donâ€™t know. It doesnâ€™t matter whether they love it or they hate it. It doesnâ€™t mean anything until thereâ€™s a beginning, middle and an end. If you want television to be a serious storytelling medium, youâ€™re up against a lot of human dynamic that is arrayed against you. Not the least of which are people who arrived to â€œThe Wireâ€ late, planted their feet, and want to explain to everybody why itâ€™s so cool. Glad to hear it. But you werenâ€™t paying attention. You got led there at the end and generally speaking, youâ€™re asserting for the wrong things.
In an interview with Alan Sepinwall, Simon clarified his comments.
And through a miscommunication â€” probably my fault, I have no way of knowing â€” I have apparently told everybody that I donâ€™t want the show watched except on Sunday night at 10 oâ€™clock, which apparently is the exact opposite of things Iâ€™ve been saying in interviews for years. It is contradictory of everything Iâ€™ve said before. Iâ€™m reading it in the paper and Iâ€™m not making sense to myself. Sorry. My bad.
Turns out his comments had more to do with the recent Grandland.com The Wire character tournament.
The comments I made that seem to critique viewers who found â€œThe Wireâ€ late were not so intended. I thought, when I made that remark, that I was speaking to the reporter not about viewers in general, but specifically about folks pursuing the recent bracket-tourneys about best characters, shows, scenes, etc.