HBO’s “The Wire” may never have picked up big ratings, but it was a huge critical sucess, and now it just helped its creator David Simon pick up 500,000 bucks. Simon was awarded a MacArthur genius grant today–a no-strings-attached, half-million dollar award, doled out over five years.
“The great value of this award is that it will make it easier for all of us to argue for stories that might not otherwise be perceived as popular television,” Simon told the Baltimore Sun.
“I can’t wave around Nielsen ratings and I can’t wave around Emmy awards when I want to get these stories told. An award like this gives us more gravitas. It gives us a little more currency. And it indicates that this medium of television is capable of much more social good than has been demonstrated to this point.”
H/T Gary Scott