David Simon: HBO rejected spin-off of 'The Wire'

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HBO’s crime series The Wire is widely hailed as one of the best (if not the best) television series of all time. But according to its creator, David Simon, the network passed on a spin-off series that would have explored the political career of the fictional Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti.

In a recent interview with Salon, Simon says the show was going to be called The Hall. Simon tells Salon:

“But if you ask me that would have been an incredible political show, watching Carcetti even more intimately than we were able to portray him within the show, watching that guy maneuver toward the governorship and maybe beyond. That would have been an incredible journey through what politics actually is. Not ‘Father Knows Best’ politics, but actual politics. I reached out to some of the better political writers, and they were like, ‘Yeah, if you can get that, I’m on.’ I was already constructing a writing staff.”

Click here to read the full Salon interview.