“Oh my god, you have to see The Wire” became a cliche for a reason. It’s a really good show, arguably the best in TV history, that not enough people watched when it was on HBO from 2002-2008. Eight years later, those folks who were originally scolded for not checking out The Wire have passed the “oh my god” onto the next generation, and so the circle of life continues.
It’s every show’s dream to be compared to David Simon’s masterpiece. Occasionally, someone on the creative team will even invite the connection, like Luke Cage producer Cheo Hodari Coker, who said he wants the Netflix series (which premieres in September) to be “The Wire of Marvel television.”
“It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s hip-hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us. We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.” (Via Entertainment Weekly)
Jimmy McNulty is fine with the comparison, mostly because Luke was introduced on Jessica Jones as a bar owner. He’s hoping for a few free shots.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)