Emmy-winning producer David Simon is back on the streets of Baltimore, taking We Own This City, a new drama that goes into detail about the real story of corruption that took place in the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. As a result of this new series, Simon and HBO will be reunited.
It’s not Simon’s first time shining a light on crime in Charm City, as the HBO series The Wire made clear. Simon developed a strong attachment to Baltimore as a former reporter for The Baltimore Sun for more than a decade. Since his days as a journalist, he has made a name for himself in television by chronicling the stories of Baltimore. For his work on HBO’s The Corner, he was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
It’s inevitable that fans of Simon’s work wonder if they’ll get more of The Wire or something completely new as they get ready for Simon’s next series about the dark side of the Maryland city.
Here’s what we know so far about We Own This City.
What Is The Release Date Of We Own This City?
HBO will air the series We Own This City on April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch the series at the same time. The final episode will air on May 30th, and the remaining five episodes will be shown on the following Mondays. Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK will air the series in the summer of 2022, but no specific date has been announced. As soon as we learn more, we’ll let you know.
April 25, 9pm, HBO. “We Own This City” Not commentary or YouTube or something man. But my hobbies run more to original programming. And thanks for asking, fucknuts. https://t.co/N2I5WYACGR
— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 13, 2022
In The Center Of This City, We Have A Plot Of Land.
The following is what HBO has to say about the We Own This City storyline:
Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, We Own This City chronicles the rise and fall of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city where policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.”
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Gun Trace Task Force scandal involves nine Baltimore police officers who terrorized the city’s residents for three years. Gun and violent criminals were supposed to be taken out of the streets by the police. As a substitute, they carried out robberies, conducted illegal searches, worked overtime for the city, and even planted fake guns to cover their tracks in the event that they accidentally shot an unarmed victim.
The former police officers in question usually went after criminal suspects, believing that if they tried to expose the corruption in their department, no one would listen. It was also revealed that the disgraced officers were motivated solely by monetary gain when they committed their crimes.
We Own This City cast
In “We Own This City,” Jon Bernthal portrays Wayne Jenkins, the task force’s ringleader and the center of the scandal. Bernthal is an actor. When it comes to portraying tough and dangerous characters, Bernthal has established himself as one of the best. Those familiar with his work will recall that he played Frank Castle in Marvel’s The Punisher and Shane Walsh in AMC’s Walking Dead. American Gigolo will also feature him as Julian Kaye, a convicted murderer.
Joining Bernthal as a part of the We Own This City main cast are:
- Wunmi Mosaku as Nicole Steele
- Jamie Hector as Sean M. Suiter
- McKinley Belcher III as Momodu “G Money” Gondo
- Darrell Britt-Gibson as Jemell Rayam
- Josh Charles as Daniel Hersl
- Dagmara Domińczyk as Erika Jensen
- Rob Brown as Maurice Ward
- Don Harvey as John Sieracki
- David Corenswet as David McDougall
- Larry Mitchell as Scott Kilpatrick
- Ian Duff as Ahmed Jackson
- Delaney Williams as Kevin Davis
- Lucas Van Engen as Leo Wise
Treat Williams will also appear on the show as a special guest star.
Reinaldo Marcus Green is the director of We Own This City. King Richard, the film he most recently directed, has made him a household name.
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We Own This City Trailer
Here’s a quick rundown: In the early 2000s, the Baltimore Police Department was unable to respond to crime effectively, instead of relying on mass arrests and the drug war to deal with the problem. It is shown in We Own This City how the department’s desperate reliance on statistics rather than substance ultimately led to the inability of department officials to supervise the Gun Trace Task Force and the further inability of the department to discipline rogue policemen.
According to Baltimore police leaders at the time of the GTTF scandal, even though there were numerous signs of corruption within several plainclothes units dating back almost 10 years, any street unit which could consistently bring in guns and drugs needed to be championed and protected. With this much power, there is no room for error when it comes to corruption.
It Will Air On Hbo Max On April 25th At 10 P.m.
HBO was also kind enough to release an official teaser.
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This is a one-of-a-kind HBO production that will air live on the network. As long as they subscribe to HBO, viewers can watch the series live on Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, which are both TV streaming services. We Own This City is also available on HBO Max. HBO Max is available for free to all HBO subscribers, but it can also be subscribed to separately for as little as $9.99 per month (with ads) or as much as $14.99 per month (without ads) (ad-free). As soon as a new episode of We Own This City airs on traditional HBO, it will be made available on HBO Max.
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How To Catch Up On The Wire
When it comes to storyline, there is no connection between We Own This City and The Wire. But as we mentioned above, they are both created by the same person and have a few cast members in common. It’s not necessary to have seen The Wire to follow the plot of We Own This City; however, if you have, it’s worth rewatching because it’s one of the best television shows ever made. HBO Max makes all six seasons of The Wire available to US viewers. For those in the United Kingdom with Sky On Demand or NOW subscriptions, you can catch up on every episode of The Wire season you missed.