Lawrence Gilliard Jr. was not supposed to be cast on The Walking Dead. And the reason was simple: another former The Wire alum — Chad Coleman, who played Cutty — was already on the show as Tyreese. And for new showrunner Scott M. Gimple, one Wire alum was enough. But thanks to two pesky casting directors and two killer auditions by the actor himself (who played doomed drug dealer D’Angelo Barksdale on The Wire), Gilliard indeed landed the part of new character Bob Stookey, a former army medic who in the original Walking Dead comic book happens to be an older, white guy. While waiting out a rain delay on set during filming of season 4, Gilliard told the story of his audition process and how he was able to change Gimple’s mind. READ FULL STORY
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The TV landscape has been filled with cultural touchstones beloved by an entire generation, but when Entertainment Weekly revealed its list of the 100 Greatest TV Shows Ever (as part of our current The 100 All-Time Greatest issue) it was not The Simpsons, Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Sex & The City, Saturday Night Live nor any other show that begins with the letter S that topped the list. Instead it was a little-watched HBO drama that could not even crack 1 million viewers an episode for its final season.
Created by David Simon, The Wire started in 2002 as a tale of the Baltimore drug trade, but evolved over its five sensational seasons to tackle corruption in all departments of big city life — education, politics, and media included. And now it has been dubbed by EW the best TV show ever. I happened to be on the set of The Walking Dead right as the news broke and was able to get reactions from two former Wire — and current Walking Dead — cast members: Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., who played doomed dealer D’Angelo Barksdale, and Chad Coleman, who was reformed killer Cutty. READ FULL STORY
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