The Wire – HBO’s Groundbreaking Series


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The Wire

As the senior director of IT solution delivery at Standard Insurance Company of Portland, OR, Graeme Queen oversees applications and support services for the firm’s business units. In his leisure time, Graeme Queen enjoys The Wire, a television series that ran for five seasons in the 2000s on HBO.

Ten years later, many critics still consider it to be among television’s finest series. Writing for Slate magazine, Jacob Weisberg praised the show for its portrayal of broken social institutions in the city of Baltimore.

The Wire takes an unflinching look at the isolation of the African-American underclass. While the show focuses on drug dealing and anti-narcotics police work, it also examines the city’s political and educational systems. Its multiplicity and richness of characters reminded some observers of Dickens.

Although its producers had to fight for renewal every season, The Wire has had a significant impact on Hollywood. It featured several black actors in its large cast, and boosted the careers of Michael K. Williams, Idris Elba, and Michael B. Jordan.

Winner of the prestigious Peabody Award in 2004, The Wire became more popular after its run on HBO, thanks to DVD sales and the then-new phenomenon of binge watching.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad

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Aaron Paul

A senior director of an IT solution delivery team, Graeme Queen earned his MBA from Portland State University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. In his free time, Graeme Queen enjoys watching drama series and counts Breaking Bad as one of his favorites.

Aaron Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman in the popular series, won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the character. Paul won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award in 2010, 2012, and 2014. It was a breakthrough role for the actor who had previously never had a lead role in a film or television series.

In fact, one of Paul’s minor roles earlier in his career played a part in him landing the role of Pinkman for Breaking Bad. In 2001, he played a guest role as David “Sky Commander Winky” Winkle on an episode of The X-Files, a show for which Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan wrote episodes. Gilligan recognized Paul when he came to audition for Breaking Bad, especially because the “Sky Commander Winky” moniker was the nickname of Gilligan’s real-life college friend.

Oregon Public Broadcasting Announces New Children’s Programming Option

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Oregon Public Broadcasting

Since 2011, Graeme Queen has served as senior director of the IT solution delivery department for a large Insurance provider located in Portland, Oregon. In his spare time, Graeme Queen enjoys reading books and watching television, and supports Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB).

Founded in 1922 with a college-based AM radio station, OPB delivers news and entertainment to the Northwest from its headquarters in Portland. OPB strives to connect more than 1.5 million people weekly through its radio, television, Internet portals, and through mobile devices.

In January 2017, OPB announced changes to its television channel lineup to give people access to more viewing choices. Viewers in Oregon and southern Washington now can see a channel exclusively showing children’s programming, called the PBS Kids Channel. This features 24-hour programming seven days a week, and is available free for direct-reception antenna users and through most cable providers. OPB added that viewers can access the programs through the website, and via the free PBS KIDS video app.