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[on making Hill Street Blues
(1981)] I was tired of clean speeches, where people waited until others stopped talking, tired of clean shots-I didn't fucking want it. In my mind, the show came from the congestion of the material, the congestion of the characters. I remember the camera operator cleaning up shots, in the classic Hollywood style that I had begun to hate, and I had to brainwash him to ...
credits Butler with having the ruthless, adventurous, innovative vision that produced the powerful pilot episode of Hill Street Blues
(1981) that sold NBC, and network president Fred Silverman
on green-lighting this landmark urban-cop series.