Holder waxed nostalgic over the acclaimed but long-concluded HBO series this week at a panel discussion on the toll that drug abuse can take on children and families, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Having looked at those clips again, I’m reminded how great that series was,” Holder told several cast members from the show, including Jim True-Frost, Wendell Pierce and Sonja Sohn, who were assembled to help the Justice Department launch a new public awareness campaign. “I want to speak directly to Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon: Do another season of ‘The Wire,’” he chuckled.
“I want another season, or a movie,” the nation’s top law enforcement official quipped. “I have a lot of power.”
The show depicted generations of Baltimore families who are exposed to drugs, and cast a critical eye on inner-city schools, politics and law enforcement. It went off the air in 2008 after five seasons. While it won raves from critics, it did not catch on in the ratings.