It’s interesting, the response generated pretty much any time show runners discuss their shows, especially if the shows are beloved shows like The Wire. We own these shows now, not the creators, actors, etc, so anything they say can be taken the wrong way. This phenomenon of a transfer of ownership always fascinates me and it was illustrated again yesterday when Facebook bought Instagram. It’s a good thing for a brand/product for this to happen, it means people care enough to invest personally, emotions and feelings, in what you’re doing.
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.