Even movie fans would agree some of the best entertainment made during the past two decades has been on premium cable. Whether it’s HBO shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones or Showtime shows like Dexter, Weeds and Homeland, movies are regularaly getting schooled by TV in terms of character, story and scope. Plus, even if you love a movie, it’s only two hours. A great TV show can be hundreds.

And while we’re all very used to seeing art inspired by movies, art inspired by TV always elicits a slightly more excited response which is why the brand new Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY has picked premium TV for its first exhibit. More Than You Imagined: Art Inspired By Premium Cable opens September 7 and features work by Mark Englert, Kevin Ang, Brandon Schaefer, Joshua Budich, Tim Doyle and many others.

After the jump, check out a huge gallery of work from shows like all the ones mentioned above as well as The Kids in the Hall, Flight of the Conchords, Tales from the Crypt, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down and others, plus find out how you can see it yourself and see how you can buy a print for charity too. Read More »

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This edition of TV Bits has casting, rumors, Lego and even some controversy. After the jump read about:

  • Joel McHale will join FX’s Sons of Anarchy for a multi-episode story this season.
  • Broadway actor Sebastian Arcelus joins Kevin Spacey and David Fincher‘s Netflix show House of Cards.
  • Watch classic scenes from The Wire in Lego. It’s even better than it sounds.
  • Guillermo Del Toro offers an update on the Hulk pilot.
  • Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito has some interesting thoughts on this season of Breaking Bad.
  • Fred Willard has been fired from his PBS show Market Warriors after being caught in a XXX rated theater.

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This month marks the 10-year anniversary of HBO’s The Wire, which naturally means it’s about time for a remake. Enter The Wire: The Musical, a stage show that retains all of the original series’ thoughtful examinations of weighty sociopolitical issues and unflinching sense of realism, only with more twirls, high kicks, and showstopping solos.

… All right, so it’s a Funny or Die video, not a real production. But it does feature several of the real stars, including Michael K. Williams (Omar), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Larry Gillard Jr. (D’Angelo), Andre Royo (Bubbles), and Felicia Pearson (Snoop).

After the jump, watch a video for The Wire: The Musical and read about Community‘s six nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

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Among today’s TV-related odds and ends:

  • See photos of the Mockingbird Lane set under construction
  • AMC announces a Walking Dead marathon, releases new still
  • Everyone’s favorite show, The Wire, gets an oral history
  • Thomas Jane joins Frank Darabont‘s L.A. Noir on TNT
  • Tina Majorino boards HBO’s True Blood for Season 5
  • Will Dexter Season 7 pick up where Season 6 left off?

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VOTD: The Visual Style of ‘The Wire’

Fans of The Wire jump at the chance to wax poetic about what some consider television’s all-time best show and this post is no different. A video has come online detailing the visual style of David Simon‘s landmark HBO drama which, if you’re familiar with the show, is kind of surprising. Ask anyone what they love about The Wire and “visual style” probably won’t make the top ten. The style, if it can even be called that at times, is largely clinical and straightforward, a crutch for the pitch perfect dialogue, characters and story. Or so we’re lead to believe.

In this 30 minute video essay, Erlend Lavik hypothesizes the visual style of The Wire is much more significant and impressive than generally considered. Check it out below. Read More »

For my money, The Wire is the best show to ever grace a television screen. I’ve watched I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, The Sopranos, and I still think the The Wire towers above them all. For five amazing seasons, series creator David Simon created an intense, detailed and eye-opening cross-section of Baltimore’s beating heart by focusing on law enforcement, the drug trade, politics, education, shipping and the press. Praise for the show is almost universal, save for the Emmy voters who never gave The Wire a single award. And though it ended in 2008, fans still dream about the unlikely possibility of the show returning.

Among those fans is Attorney General Eric Holder who, last week, demanded that Simon and co-creator Ed Burns make another season. Or at least a movie. Friday, Simon responded to Holder with a simple request. He’ll do it, but first the Department of Justice must “reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.” Point, Simon. Read the full quotes after the break. Read More »

If you’ve been paying attention to /Film, you’re probably already aware that we heart artist Tim Doyle — we’re huge fans of his distinctive style, as well as his obvious love of cinema. Most recently, we showcased a series of Quentin Tarantino-inspired pieces that were displayed earlier this month at the Bold Hype Gallery in New York City. Now, Doyle’s taking on Stanley Kubrick and HBO’s The Wire in some new posters — check them out after the jump.

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The key to great analysis is often imagination. That’s what sets apart “When It’s Not Your Turn”: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden’s “The Wire,” an article which purports to be an examination of the great literary text The Wire, if it had been published as a serialized Victorian novel. The article acts as if The Wire was written by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, and goes on to examine the content in an appropriate manner. There are even reproduced pages of text and era-appropriate illustrations by Joy Delyria.

This isn’t a parody of the show, but a way of looking at it that requires a small leap of imagination. It’s pretty great stuff, and we’ve got a bit more info after the break. Read More »

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