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George Pelecanos is a writer and producer for The Wire. He co-wrote the penultimate episode of each season. is part of a literary circle with non-fiction writer and The Wire producer David Simon and novelist Laura Lippman. Simon sought out Pelecanos after reading his work. Simon was recommended his novels several times but did not read his work initially because of territorial prejudice; Simon is from Baltimore.[1] Once Simon received further recommendations, including one from Lippman, he tried The Sweet Forever and changed his mind.[2] The two writers have much in common including a childhood in Silver Spring, Maryland, attendance at the University of Maryland and their interest in the "fate of the American city and the black urban poor".[2] They first met at the funeral of a mutual friend shortly after Simon delivered the pilot episode.[2] Simon pitched Pelecanos the idea of The Wire as a novel for television about the American city as Pelecanos drove him home.[2] Pelecanos was excited about the prospect of writing something more than simple mystery for television as he strived to exceed the boundaries of genre in his novels.[2]

Pelecanos joined the crew as a writer for the first season in 2002.[3] He wrote the teleplay for the seasons's penultimate episode "Cleaning Up" from a story by Simon and Ed Burns.[4][5] Pelecanos was promoted to producer for the second season in 2003.[6] He wrote the teleplay for the episodes "Duck and Cover"[7][8] and "Bad Dreams" from stories he co-wrote with Simon.[9][10] He remained a writer and producer for the third season in 2004.[11] He wrote the teleplay for the episodes "Hamsterdam"[12][13] and "Middle Ground" from stories he co-wrote with Simon.[14][15] Simon wrote the teleplay for the episode "Slapstick" from a story he co-wrote with Pelecanos.[16][17] Simon and Pelecanos' collaboration on "Middle Ground" received the show's first Emmy Award nomination, in the category Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.[18] Pelecanos left the production staff of The Wire after the show's third season to concentrate on writing his novel The Night Gardener.[19] His role as a producer was taken on by Eric Overmyer.[19]

Pelecanos remained a writer for the fourth season in 2006. He wrote the teleplay for the penultimate episode "That's Got His Own" from a story he co-wrote with producer Ed Burns.[20][21] Simon has commented that he missed having Pelecanos working on the show full-time but was a fan of The Night Gardener.[19] Simon also spent time embedded with a homicide unit while researching his own book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. Pelecanos and the writing staff won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2008 ceremony and the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Television Feature/Mini-Series Teleplay for their work on the fourth season.[22][23] Pelecanos returned as a writer for the series fifth and final season. He wrote the teleplay for the episode "Late Editions" from a story he co-wrote with Simon.[2][24][25] Pelecanos and the writing staff were again nominated for the WGA award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2009 ceremony for their work on the fifth season but Mad Men won the award.[26]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Mary Alice Blackwell. Fun comes down to 'The Wire'. Daily Progress. Retrieved on 2006-09-27.Template:Dead link
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Margaret Talbot (2007). Stealing Life. The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  3. Season 1 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  4. Episode guide - episode 12 The Hunt. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-07-31.
  5. "Cleaning Up". David Simon, Ed Burns, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2002-09-01. No. 12, season 1.
  6. Season 2 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  7. Episode guide - episode 21 duck and cover. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-06-22.
  8. "Duck and Cover". David Simon, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2003-07-27. No. 8, season 2.
  9. Episode guide - episode 24 bad dreams. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-06-22.
  10. "Bad Dreams". David Simon, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2003-08-17. No. 11, season 2.
  11. Season 3 crew. HBO (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  12. Episode guide - episode 29 Amsterdam. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-08-07.
  13. "Amsterdam". David Simon, Ed Burns. The Wire. HBO. 2004-10-10. No. 4, season 3.
  14. Episode guide - episode 36 middle ground. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  15. "Middle Ground". David Simon, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2004-12-12. No. 11, season 3.
  16. Episode guide - episode 34 slapstick. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-08-09.
  17. "Slapstick". David Simon, George P. Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2004-11-21. No. 9, season 3.
  18. Emmy award archives. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (2007). Retrieved on 2007-10-16.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Exclusive David Simon Q&A. AOL (2007). Archived from the original on 2007-12-11. Retrieved on 2007-10-14.
  20. Episode guide - episode 49 That's Got His Own. HBO (2006). Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  21. "That's Got His Own". Ed Burns, George Pelecanos, Writ. George Pelecanos. The Wire. HBO. 2004-12-03. No. 12, season 4.
  22. Curtains Receives Edgar Award Nomination. Theatre Mania.
  23. 2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced. WGA (2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-13.
  24. "Late Editions". Joe Chappelle, Writ. George Pelecanos (story and teleplay), David Simon (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-03-02. No. 9, season 5.
  25. The Wire episode guide - episode 59 Late Editions. HBO (2008). Retrieved on 2008-03-10.
  26. 2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced. WGA (2008). Retrieved on 2008-12-12.

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