The best show on television started airing yesterday. Sort of. Kinda. As in not at all.
The show in question is HBO’s The Wire. It makes the Sopranos look like Dynasty, Six Feet Under look like the Cosby Show, and Entourage look like Three’s Company.
All of their advertising — if you can find it — is trumpeting the premiere of Season 4 next Sunday. But for those lucky HBO On Demand subscribers, it’s watchable almost a week early – starting Monday, September 4.
As in yesterday.
Wouldya believe not quite.
HBO blames the local providers. Well since it’s happening all over the country, including New York and Washington DC, that’s a heck of a lot of local providers to screw up all at the same time.
Locally, our fine friends at
Adelphia Time Warner Cable are absolutely clueless. The rep I just talked to said that they weren’t supposed to have it until next week.
Hey, doesn’t Time Warner own HBO?
I’ve been known to work a bit in the VOD arena, and it reminds me of the old William Goldman maxim about Hollywood – “Nobody knows anything.”
So is this a collosal ID-ten-T error? Or are the VOD tubes all clogged up too?
HBO doesn’t support The Wire with the marketing dollars they give to other shows. They say its because it doesn’t pull enough ratings. With support like this, it’s no wonder why.
Seasons 1-3 on a massive DVD set.
I want a wall poster of the cover of the season three DVD set. Anybody see one?
The great Wendell Pierce, who plays Bunk on the show, is currently in Fences at the Pasadena Playhouse, along with some people named Fishburne and Bassett.
And Frankie Faison, the show’s Commissioner Burrell, played the Devil in a short film of mine which I finally have up on my site: Orson Welles Sells His Soul To The Devil
Any other Wire-heads out there? Are you ready for another trip Way Down In The Hole?