What’s On Tonight: TV takes a post-holiday snooze—but The Wire marathon saves the weekend

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

The Wire marathon (HBO, starting at noon Friday): Sure, all the grumbling about the recent transfer of this seminal HBO series to HD (the argument in doing so seemingly intended to placate those who demand full use of every pixel of every screen they paid for, dammit!), but do what creator David Simon says and ignore the ancillary nonsense (and an occasional wonky aspect ratio) and simply let one of the most stunning achievements in television history sweep over you for 60 straight hours. Like a great novel of an American city, The Wire remains as relevant, heartbreaking, and resonant as it was a dozen years ago. Or so said the AV Club when we reviewed the fifth season back in 2008. Wait, only the fifth …

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