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TV Shows Nominated Best Drama Over ‘The Wire’

D'Angelo explains chess to Bodie, Wallace, on "The Wire"

“Pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick.”

I think everyone knows “The Wire” never won an Emmy but what's surprising is the few number of times it was even nominated. Just twice, and both for scripts: Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for the third season episode “Middle Ground” (the one where Stringer dies), and for the fifth season episode “—30—” (the last episode of the series). 

Here, by the way, are the shows that were nominated for best drama during “The Wire”'s run:

Show Noms Wins
The Sopranos 3 2
The West Wing 3 1
24 3  
Lost  2 1
Boston Legal 2  
CSI: Crime Scene Invesgitation 2  
House 2  
Six Feet Under 2  
Mad Men 1 1
Damages 1  
Deadwood 1  
Dexter 1  
Grey's Anatomy 1  
Heroes 1  
Joan of Arcadia 1  

Great shows, good shows, a few head-scratchers. Almost all are mostly white shows. 

I'm reading Jonathan Abrams' oral history on the series, “All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire.” Halfway through he quotes Lance Reddick, who played Lt. Daniels, and who recognized early on how special the show was. According to Abrams, Reddick is still upset about the lack of awards. “I'll be pissed off about it until the day I die,” he says.

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Posted at 03:45 PM on Thu. Mar 15, 2018 in category TV  

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