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Playwright Kushner plugs HBO shows

Sept. 9, 2004 at 12:22 PM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Tony Kushner is promoting two original series on HBO, the cable channel that adapted his play "Angels in America" for TV.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright released a statement through HBO saying "The Corner" and "The Wire" are superior to traditional police-themed TV shows.

"The TV cop show has a long, ignoble history of propagating reprehensible, simpleminded and dangerous fantasies about law and crime in America," said Kushner, "exploiting fear of urban public spaces, and offering, sometimes in very entertaining ways, America's cities as proving grounds for reactionary concepts of human nature and human society."

"The Corner" is based on David Simon's book of the same name about the drug trade and its police response in Baltimore.

"If you don't find yourself completely shattered at the end, thinking, 'These are six of the most gripping, entertaining, important hours ever put on film,' well, God help you,'" Kushner said.

"The Wire" begins its third season on HBO on Sept. 19.

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