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No Justice for The Wire

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The Wire, by far the best show in the history of television, got another snub at the Emmys with a lousy one nomination and zero victories. For the show’s relatively weak fifth season that maybe seems okay until you realize that across five seasons the show garnered just two nominations and zero victories. Absurd:

“It’s like them never giving a Nobel Prize to Tolstoy,” said Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group and a correspondent for Slate.com. “It doesn’t make Tolstoy look bad, it makes the Nobel Prize look bad.”

Weisberg, who has been an ardent supporter of “The Wire,” added, “It’s sort of proof if you needed any that the Emmys are not something that should be taken seriously.”

It’s all pretty shameful. On the other hand, The Wire certainly can’t complain that it lacked in critical acclaim. It just seems that all the critics in the world can’t actually force people to watch your show.