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La Law: Why Steven Bochco Agreed to the Series Revival

8 hours ago | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Are you a fan of La Law? Recently, co-creator Steven Bochco spoke with TV Guide about reviving the classic NBC series.Earlier, we reported that Bochco is developing a reboot of the legal drama with Fox. The original series starred Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood. The show ran for eight seasons before ending in 1994.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The year rookie cop series Hill Street Blues hijacked the Emmys

17 September 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The gritty show was collapsing in the ratings and the cast were despondent – but one night in 1981 at America’s TV awards show changed everything

The 1981 Emmy awards opened with a horrifyingly cheesy musical number called One Big Happy Family sung by the casts of 16 shows, including CHiPs, Happy Days and The Love Boat. That family excluded a rookie cop series but its big, rowdy cast would hijack the evening, hooting and hollering as the low-rated drama captured a record eight awards on the strength of its unsurpassed 21 nominations. While most Emmy awards telecasts are as instantly forgettable as that opening number, the showing by Hill Street Blues that night helped reshape television history.

Right from the swirling, chaotic opening scene of its pilot, Hill Street Blues was a show apart. “Michael Kozoll and I just didn’t want to do a typical cop show,” recalls co-creator Steven Bochco.

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- Stuart Miller

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How FX became TV's best, most reliable network

14 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was early in the development of The Americans that the head of FX told the show’s creator what his series was really about — and was absolutely right. Joe Weisberg had planned to generate drama in the fake marriage between deep cover spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings on ideological grounds: Philip was beginning to feel too comfortable in America, while Elizabeth stayed true to her Mother Russian roots. Then in a meeting with FX executives, FX CEO John Landgraf proposed adding another layer to things. “John had the idea that it would be very powerful and effective if Philip were really more in love with Elizabeth than Elizabeth were with Philip,” Weisberg said. “And you know how central that has become to the whole story of the show and the marriage. (The ideological argument) seemed like a good solid idea for what would create tension in the marriage, but »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What Is Mr. Robot's Crime? Did Guilt Wig You Out? Will Ryan Lochte Go Dancing With the Stars? And More Qs!

19 August 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Power, The Last Ship, Mistresses and American Gothic! First, a special Olympics interlude:

1 | Which accomplishment made you feel lazier: Ashton Eaton’s decathlon gold medal or sprinter Usain Bolt’s successful defense of his Fastest Man Alive title?

2 | How disheartening is it to see half-empty stadiums as the athletes compete? (And no, we’re not buying any of the organizers’ explanations. They went to get food… and never came back?)

3 | Is it a »

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David Caruso's Over-the-Top Demands Detailed in NYPD Blue Showrunner's New Memoir: 'His Behavior Was Cancerous'

18 August 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twenty-three years after NYPD Blue made its television debut, showrunner Steven Bochco is opening up about the drama that went on behind the scenes of the ABC hit, including star David Caruso's "volatile" behavior and the hurdles he faced to get profanity and nudity on the small screen. Before the cop drama made its premiere on television screens in 1993, 72-year-old Bochco reveals on The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive excerpt of his new memoir Truth Is a Total Defense that he and ABC CEO Bob Iger sat down to brainstorm ideas of how to get nudity in front of audiences. »

- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone

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NYPD Blue Bombshell: David Caruso's 'Cancerous' Behavior, Insane Demands Recounted in New Memoir

18 August 2016 8:54 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hey, Steven Bochco, tell us how you really feel about David Caruso!

In the überproducer’s new memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense, the NYPD Blue co-creator chronicles the events that led up to the controversial departure of Caruso in Season 2. And it ain’t pretty.

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By the end of the cop drama’s breakout first season, “David Caruso had become impossible,” Bocho writes in the book (a portion of which has been excerpted on THR.com). “Caruso’s behavior was, simply put, cancerous. He was emotionally unavailable to everyone, »

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La Law: What David E Kelley Thinks of Plans to Reboot the Legal Series

8 August 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As reported last week, co-creator Steven Bochco is working on an L.A. Law  TV show reboot at Fox. David E. Kelley, who was hired as a writer and story editor in the original series' first season and eventually became an executive producer and showrunner, is enthusiastic about the revival."I think it’s a great idea and I'm told Billy Finkelstein is coming back to write it and take charge of it. He's a brilliant writer, so I'll be watching," Kelly told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's not something I would want to go back and do again myself because I felt I've done it, but I think it's actually a good idea. It was a great show in its »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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David E. Kelley on Whether He Could Return to Broadcast TV: ‘I Don’t Think So’

7 August 2016 3:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David E. Kelley spent a career in broadcast television producing quippy legal shows—”Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Boston Legal”—that were the gold standard for successful, episodic storytelling. But his newest series “Goliath” is a dark, serialized, anti-hero drama that will stream exclusively on Amazon.

He likes the change. Asked Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour whether he would ever go back to working in broadcast, Kelley said, “I don’t think so.”

Kelly indicated that he would not be able to have done a show similar in tone and structure to “Goliath” were he still on broadcast.

“One of the nice things of doing a show for Amazon is that you’re allowed to be that complicated with your characters,” Kelley said. “You don’t have to write your protagonists that reveal their redemptive souls at every turn. These people are flawed. Sometimes their flaws overshadow their positive attributes. They »

- Daniel Holloway

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La Law: Steven Bochco Working on TV Show Revival

2 August 2016 4:44 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Why should Chicago have all the legal drama fun? Co-creator Steven Bochco is rebooting the L.A. Law  TV show with original series writer William M. Finkelstein. Bochco broke the news on the August 1 episode of The Rich Eisen Show. He expects to have the script finished in October. If it gets greenlit, they will make a pilot in late winter/early spring 2017. Watch the interview, below.Explaining how the reboot came about, Bochco said, "I called my friends at Fox, because they own the show. They were very interested in having a conversation. And so Billy and I sat down and we sort of re-conceptualized what L.A. Law would look like, and be about, 30 years later." He added that some of the original series cast could return. The cast of the original show, which ran »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘L.A. Law’ Reboot In The Works From Co-Creator Steve Bochco & 20th TV

1 August 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Are they about to take new clients at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak? L.A. Law co-creator Steven Bochco said this morning that he and 20th Television are developing a new take on the Emmy-winning legal drama that aired from 1986-94 on NBC. Bochco spilled the news on The Rich Eisen Show. “Over the years we’ve been asked to redo L.A. Law, but I’ve always said, ‘No, I’m  not interested,'” said the 10-time Emmy winner, who also co-created Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue… »

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L.A. Law Reboot in Development

1 August 2016 4:17 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Steven Bochco is looking to reconvene L.A. Law.

The prolific producer is developing an updated version of his classic ’80s legal drama, which ran for eight seasons on NBC, our sister site, Variety, reports.

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During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show on Monday, Bochco revealed that four months ago L.A. Law scribe Bill Finkelstein approached him with an idea for a reboot. “I called my friends at [20th Century Fox], because they own the show, and they were very interested in having a conversation, »

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Steven Bochco Developing ‘L.A. Law’ Reboot

1 August 2016 3:48 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

L.A. Law” creator Steven Bochco is working on a reboot of the classic ’80s legal workplace drama.

Speaking on the Rich Eisen Show Monday, Bochco said that he has been asked frequently in the more than 20 years since the series went off the air to reboot “L.A. Law,” but has never been interested in doing so. Then he was contacted four months ago by one of the show’s original writers, Bill Finkelstein, who had an idea for a revamped version.

“I called my friends at Fox, because they own the show, and they were very interested in having a conversation, and so Billy and I sat down and we sort of reconceptualized what ‘L.A. Law’ would look like and be about over 30 years later,” Bochco said, adding that he could see some actors from the original series returning for the new version.

Bochco said that Fox “was very enthusiastic about doing it, so »

- Daniel Holloway

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Cop Rock: Remembering the ABC Police Musical's Cancellation

9 July 2016 3:36 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Welcome to your weekend flashback! In case you blocked it out, The Cop Rock TV show premiered on ABC on Wednesday, September 26, 1990. A police procedural TV series musical drama created by Steven Bochco and William M. Finkelstein, Cop Rock was cancelled by ABC after 11 episodes -- of the 13 ordered -- had been produced. ABC famously gave sponsors free ad time on the experimental hybrid project. The Cop Rock TV series finale, "Bang the Potts Slowly," aired Wednesday, December 26, 1990.The Cop Rock TV series cast includes: Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, Ronny Cox, Vondie Curtis-Hall, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua, Paul McCrane, James McDaniel, Ron McLarty, Mick Murray, and Peter Onorati. Terri Austin, Dennis Lipscomb, William Thomas, Jr., and Kathleen Wilhoite recurred.Actors from Bochco's other series were featured in crossovers: James B. Sikking from Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law's Jimmy »

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Acclaimed TV Producer Steven Bochco Meets the Man Who Saved His Life Through a Bone Marrow Transplant

12 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For 19 months, TV producer Steven Bochco wondered about the stranger who saved his life through a stem cell donation. "I spent a year and a half hoping to meet this person," the 10-time Emmy winner tells People. "You wonder what they're going to look like, where they're from, and more than anything, why they did it." On Friday, Bochco finally had the chance to get his questions answered when he came face-to-face with his donor, 25-year-old Jon Kayne, for the first time. The pair met as part of City of Hope's 40th Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion - an »

- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap

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Acclaimed TV Producer Steven Bochco Meets the Man Who Saved His Life Through a Bone Marrow Transplant

12 May 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For 19 months, TV producer Steven Bochco wondered about the stranger who saved his life through a stem cell donation. "I spent a year and a half hoping to meet this person," the 10-time Emmy winner tells People. "You wonder what they're going to look like, where they're from, and more than anything, why they did it." On Friday, Bochco finally had the chance to get his questions answered when he came face-to-face with his donor, 25-year-old Jon Kayne, for the first time. The pair met as part of City of Hope's 40th Annual Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion - an »

- Tiare Dunlap, @tiaredunlap

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Line Of Duty: creator Jed Mercurio interview

28 April 2016 2:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We spoke to the Line Of Duty creator about series 3, Lindsay Denton, The Caddy, Jimmy Savile, tension, thrillers and more…

Warning: contains spoilers for Line Of Duty series 3, episode 5 (Nb interview took place before the finale aired. Here's a spoiler-filled post-finale chat).

As Line Of Duty viewers might expect from the man who’s turned the police interview into an art-form, Jed Mercurio is a very measured, practiced interviewee. He gives precise, categorical answers unfurred by the usual hesitations and rambling false starts. Bring up the perception that Line Of Duty’s series two finale was hard to follow and he explains, patiently, that the most reliable evidence we have suggests otherwise. He speaks fluently in terms of suppositions, anecdotal evidence, arithmetical means and statistical outliers. When he completes a given response, he simply stops talking.

Mercurio’s voice only became heated twice in the next six thousand words. »

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CNN’s ‘The Eighties’ Examines TV’s Most Influential Decade

29 March 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CNN’s decennial trips down memory lane continue with “The Eighties,” which kicks off its seven-part run March 31 with a two-hour installment devoted to television. Absorbing the flood of nostalgia associated with that, the great takeaway from this entertaining two hours is just how much the foundation for the current TV renaissance was built during those years, which, content-wise, just might be TV’s most influential decade.

Following “The Sixties” and “The Seventies,” “The Eighties” opens with two grand events from the period when TV could still be viewed as a water-cooler experience, simultaneously shared by a huge percentage of the population: the “Who Shot Jr?” episode of “Dallas,” and the “Mash” finale in 1983. In hindsight, those were huge blips on an Ekg that, in terms of such attractions, has been steadily weakening ever since, with the annual exception of the Super Bowl.

What really stands out, though, are the »

- Brian Lowry

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'Nashville' is about to do something Very strange behind the scenes

24 March 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last night, an odd bit of TV news popped up: according to TVLine, thirtysomething creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick have been hired to run the fifth season of Nashville. Now, first Nashville has to be officially renewed for a fifth season, which may be harder than it seems now that the show's biggest fan, Paul Lee, is no longer running ABC. But assuming it comes back with HerskoZwick at the helm, it'd be among the weirder showrunner transitions in TV history. Now, series change showrunners all the time. Dee Johnson, whom the thirtysomething guys would be succeeding, was already a replacement for Jim Parriott, who was himself brought in because Nashville creator Callie Khouri hadn't run her own show before. Sometimes, new showrunners come from within, like The Walking Dead's transition from Frank Darabont to Glen Mazzara to Scott Gimple, or L.A. Law staff writer David E. Kelley »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Larry Drake Dies: Actor Who Played Benny On ‘L.A. Law’ Was 66

17 March 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Larry Drake, a prolific actor who won two Emmys for playing the mentally challenged office worker Benny on NBC’s L.A. Law, died today, Deadline has confirmed. He was 66. L.A. Law anchored NBC’s Must-See TV Thursday lineup at 1o Pm for most of its run. Drake joined the show created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fletcher as a recurring in its second season. He was upped to regular for Season 3 in 1988-89 and remained with the show until it ended in 1994. He would… »

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Larry Drake Dies: Actor Who Played Benny On ‘L.A. Law’ Was 66

17 March 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Larry Drake, a prolific actor who won two Emmys for playing the mentally challenged office worker Benny on NBC’s L.A. Law, died today, Deadline has confirmed. He was 66. L.A. Law anchored NBC’s Must-See TV Thursday lineup at 1o Pm for most of its run. Drake joined the show created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fletcher as a recurring in its second season. He was upped to regular for Season 3 in 1988-89 and remained with the show until it ended in 1994. He would… »

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