Sometimes it's good to be mayor.
Mayor Nutter is such a huge fan of the gritty HBO drama, The Wire, that he has organized a special City Hall screening of the series finale Sunday night.
“As a fan it’s tremendous,” said Nutter, who squeezed in a viewing of the season opener in the jam-packed days before his inauguration. “I want to say thank you to HBO for responding.”
Wendell Pierce, the actor who portrays affable Detective Bunk Moreland, is scheduled to attend. Nutter hopes other actors from the show will sign on also.
(We're keeping our fingers crossed for Michael Kenneth Williams, AKA Omar Little.)
City Representative Melanie Johnson said that after the 8 p.m. screening in the Mayor's Reception Room, Nutter will host a question and answer session with the actors.
HBO has sanctioned the event and will be providing technical support, said Johnson. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is also working with Nutter on the project.
Johnson said the roughly 100 tickets for the screening would be evenly divided between invited guests and the general public. She said the city hopes to do a ticket raffle through the Philadelphia Daily News, the Inquirer, Al Dia and the Philadelphia Tribune.