While the wait was excrutiating, all praise to HBO for renewing David Simon's masterpiece of a TV show, The Wire, with the fourth season set to focus on Baltimore's school system. For more info, start off with the official press release, move on to Sun TV critic David Zurawik's too-insidery story, the Reuters/Hollywood Reporter story, and the best story so far, that I can find, from, of all places, the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger's Matt Zoller Seitz.

Now, not to be immodest, but we here at City Paper like to think we had a little something to do with The Wire's renewal. And here's some more on The Wire and David Simon from CP's archives.