Just one episode into the new season of The Wire ? and despite a 21 percent dip in total viewers (versus those who tuned in for the previous opener) ? HBO has picked up the crime drama for a fifth and final round. "I had no question in my mind about the quality of the show, but you never know," HBO entertainment prez Carolyn Strauss tells the Hollywood Reporter. "The show is extraordinary and breathtaking." Though the network's options on the cast have expired, Strauss expects the core ensemble to be back for Season 5, the length of which has yet to be determined.
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