Seems strange, no? Even now. I'm sure I'll go back and rewatch the season at some point, but as it stands, I'm already swamped with shows and moving forward (I've gotta say - four parts of "John Adams" had me wanting a lot more "Wire" instead...).
Now I can tell you my dirty secret, which I held closely for a long, long time this season: Once I realized the unprecedented media attention "The Wire" was getting this season - and not just because of the David Simon/Baltimore Sun angle, but because it was last chance on the bandwagon - I lost my enthusiasm for doing interviews/podcasts with Simon or jumping too heavily into the whole "Wire" world outside of this blog. That's nothing against Simon - who remains one of my favorite television writers, but there was just such enormous saturation that I didn't want much part of it. I like to be away from the numbers, as The Jam once sang. At work I was being bombarded with e-mails from publicists at different publications with all things "The Wire" - look who talks here, guess what Simon says there, blah blah blah.
So, that's why I wasn't in the pack. Now, here's hoping he gets his New Orleans show.
Moving on: I just wanted to thank everyone who came to TGTV, now just called TIM GOODMAN (yes, I just referenced myself in the third person), because it turned out to be a really intelligent bunch of people talking about television - and that was a great luxury (for proof, look at some of the comments left by people on my sfgate.com stories; most claim not to watch TV at all and only want to post to say it's all crap and quote the "vast wasteland" speech or some other kind of boring ignorance). Here and on The Bastard Machine, I've been blessed with people who don't have knee-jerk reactions, realize how great (and yes, how lame) television can be and have the intellectual capacity to discuss it rationally.
Thanks for that.
This is just an item to say starting soon - probably tomorrow - I'll be having regular content here. Already, I've increased the volume on The Bastard Machine, so have a peek over there as well. Just adding to what I wrote in a previous post here about what direction this site will take, I'm thinking about posing broader, perhaps more philosophical or - as we say in journalism - more "thumb-sucker" questions. They may not be as frequent as stuff on The Bastard Machine, but I may put to you Big Picture questions. So have at them with verve and intelligence when they do show up.