‘The Wire’ stars reunited; Kanye ‘pure,’ but human

Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector owe their big breaks to the landmark cable series, “The Wire.” So when one of that show’s producers, Eric Overmyer, asked them to join his new Amazon series, “Bosch,” they happily came on board.

Jamie Hector, one of the stars of HBO's hit show "The Wire," will rejoin "Wire" co-star Lance Reddick and "Wire"  producer Eric Overmyer in a new Amazon series, “Bosch."

Jamie Hector, one of the stars of HBO’s hit show “The Wire,” will rejoin “Wire” co-star Lance Reddick and “Wire” producer Eric Overmyer in a new Amazon series, “Bosch.”

“This time we actually work together,” announced Reddick, who portrayed stoic police Lt. Cedric Daniels on the HBO series that was a smash hit again during its Christmas rebroadcast. Added Hector, who played the ruthless Marlo Stanfield: “Yeah, we’re on the same team this time. I was seriously excited to see my boy.”Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector owe their big breaks to the landmark cable series, “The Wire.” So when one of that show’s producers, Eric Overmyer, asked them to join his new Amazon series, “Bosch,” they happily came on board.

Their provocative new show, starring Titus Welliver, is a serialized 10-episode TV series that can be binge-watched on Prime Instant Video. The series, based on elements from Michael Connelly’s popular L.A. based detective novels, is a throwback to the film noir of the 1990s with really rich characters, Reddick and Hector say.

Their acting teeth were cut previously on Spike Lee films. Hector described Lee as someone who knows what he wants. “He barely utters a word unless he has to scream on somebody,” Hector says. “I happened to be at the studio when he called Sam Jackson and he said, ‘Sam, I need you.’ Sam said, ‘For what, Spike?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I need you.’ Click.”

Reddick, a classically trained composer and pianist, has the benefit of being part of another iconic series, “LOST.” When pressed on the meaning of its’ controversial ending, he revealed that he never watched the final episode.

“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I was supposed to keep going. Then I got cast in ‘Fringe’ and they killed me… But everybody asks the same question.”

TIME HEALS: Now that Rosie O’Donnell has left ABC’s “The View” again (with Rosie Perez rumored to be next), the search is on once more for new co-hosts. The candidates on trial are Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), Naya Rivera (“Glee”), Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”) and Stacy London (“What Not To Wear”).

Watching the latter acting all lovey-dovey with Whoopi Goldberg is a head-turner since six years ago, it was all-out war when London criticized the star’s fashion sense in a TV Guide article saying, “It’s hard to take her seriously.”

Whoopi responded in an on-air rant: “Tracy, honey, Stacy, whatever your name is, I don’t need you to take me seriously. I am myself. I’ve always been myself and you don’t judge me by what I wear, you judge me by what I say.”

FEST FILES: The line-up for the 23rd Annual Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz & R&B Festival (April 18-19) has just been announced: Angie Stone, Johnny Gill, Maysa, El DeBarge, Leela James, Kenny Lattimore, Norman Brown & Gerald Albright, Pieces of a Dream, Jazz Attack featuring Euge Groove, Richard Elliot & Peter White, Sax Pack featuring Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa & Steve Cole, and Sly’s Family Stone. For more info, visit

TASTY QUIP: “Let me just explain something to everyone. I’m sorry. I’m a human being. I’ve got opinions, I’m not always right, I’m not always on time, I don’t always say things in the proper way, but my intentions are always extremely pure. My purpose is extremely just.” – KANYE WEST to

CLIPPETTES: Singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn has released his new album, “Love Sex Passion,” and will be with Ledisi and Leela James on The Intimate Truth Tour, beginning Feb. 27at the Nokia Theatre…

Tyler Perry’s new son, Aman Tyler Bekele-Perry, is getting a start on his fairy tale life with godmothers like Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson!…

What’s with these songs named after famous people? Just this month, we have “Marvin Gaye,” by Charlie Puth with Meaghan Trainor; and “Bruce Willis,” by DJ Scream featuring Chinx and Juelz Santana …

“Beyond The Lights” hits the DVD racks on Feb. 24 with a director’s cut by Gina Prince-Blythewood said to bring on the adult content…

The Commodores hit the stage of the Riverside County Fair at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

TASTY QUIP: “My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for.

“Then he’s at [USC], the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.” – TARAJI P. HENSON to UPTOWN.

TC ON TV: Feb. 20 – “American Masters” (PBS): “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand”: Airing in advance of its DVD release four days later. The doc features James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence Fishburne, Viola Davis, Charles Dutton, new dramatic readings, music from Kathryn Bostic and Wynton Marsalis, and rare footage telling the story of “America’s Shakespeare.”

Feb. 21 – “Kobe Bryant’s Muse” (SHOWTIME)

Feb. 22 – “The Oscars” (ABC): People are wondering if Eddie Murphy will say more than he did at the SNL40 Reunion!… “Talk To Al Jazeera” (ALJ): Writer/photographer Taiye Selasi (“Ghana Must Go”).

Feb. 23 – “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX): The season finale finds “Leftenant” Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) sent back to 1781 where she is promptly thrown in jail for “walking while black!… “BET Honors 2015″ (BET)… “Legend of Lead Belly” (SMITHSONIAN)… “Independent Lens” (PBS): “American Denial”

Feb. 24 – “Keyshia Cole: All In” (BET): Series premiere

Feb. 25 – “Unsung Hollywood” (TVONE): Redd Foxx

Feb. 26 – “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC): two-hour season finale.

ABOUT TIME: Thomas Miles AKA Nephew Tommy’s I Got People Inside My Head Tour is headed to the Wiltern Theatre on March 21. All seats are first-come, first-serve for $50, before fees.

In addition to performing his stand-up, Tommy is bringing his popular characters Eugene and Oatmeal from The Steve Harvey Morning Show. Comics Kier “Junior” Spates, Tony Roberts, Prescott Gilliam and recording artist Cupid of “Cupid Shuffle” support.

TASTY QUIP: “We’ve got to have fewer people be silent and do something by their actions, by how they vote. I just think that we’re in a time when we have to put some action behind that mouthpiece that we have.” – STEVIE WONDER to AP.

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