David Simon

‘Show Me a Hero’ Recap: Parts One & Two

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Some writers, and some television shows, are afraid of getting too deep into the weeds—which is how we end up with examinations of race, class, and politics that are glancing at best at simplistic at worst. David Simon is not afraid of this. David Simon lives in the weeds. …Read More

‘Show Me a Hero’ Is Everything You Could Want From a David Simon Miniseries

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Show Me a Hero couldn’t come at a better time for HBO. The miniseries, which premieres this Sunday, directly follows the clear-cut critical failure that was True Detective‘s second season, a train wreck in eight parts that unleashed a tidal wave of speculation about the end of TV auteurism, in which television’s historically collaborative model is at least partly supplanted by the strong voice of a single showrunner. What better time, then, for one of the network’s OG scribes to return to Ground Zero of the Golden Age?
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HBO Orders David Simon’s ’70s/’80s Porn Drama… and It Stars James Franco… as Twins

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…dun dun dun!

Alas, from that headline alone, you may be experiencing colliding feelings of ecstasy at the prospect of the ’70s/’80s Time Square porn industry seen through the lens of The Wire creator David Simon, and annoyance at the same ’70s/’80s porn industry that, like General Hospital, most universities, and Lana Del Rey’s trips to the beach, now features James Franco.
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