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WTOP’s J. Brooks Makes Cameo in HBO’s ‘We Own This City’


“The Wire” creators David Simon and George Pelecanos are returning to Baltimore for the new crime drama miniseries “We Own This City,” which premieres Monday night on HBO.

Expect to see plenty of local actors pop up on screen, including WTOP sports reporter J. Brooks, who graciously offered a behind-the-scenes look at his filming experience.

“If you’re looking for a lot of fun to do tonight and you’re channel surfing, make sure you check out HBO’s ‘We Own This City’ where yours truly is making a cameo,” Brooks said. “See if you can find me or, better yet, see if you can hear me — like you do on WTOP.”

Based on a book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, the series is set during the 2015 Baltimore riots after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody. Amid the city’s highest-ever murder rate, Sgt. Wayne Jenkins (Jon Bernthal) leads a plainclothes unit called the Gun Trace Task Force, only to discover a conspiracy within his ranks.

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