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On Point: Brazil a common thread on some classic shows

19 April 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The other night I strove for greatness. Nothing less would do. The house was empty; the big screen all mine. First I chose an episode from the recently concluded season of The Shield. It's the one where Forest Whitaker's cunning Jon Kavanaugh character finally meets up with Michael Chiklis' rogue cop Vic Mackey in a tense final scene. Great television, pure and simple. When that was over, I unwrapped the DVD set of the first season of Hill Street Blues. The only place to start was at the beginning, the pilot episode Hill Street Station. Watching Hill and Renko gunned down was no less startling on this night than it was when I first saw it 25 years ago. The Shield, arguably the best police show of its era. Hill Street Blues, arguably the best of its era. Was there a thread? Two gritty, no-holds-barred cop shows with rich, often dark personas portrayed by flat-out wonderful actors. You bet there was a thread. Midmorning on Tuesday came the news that Scott Brazil had died. He was 50. He was another thread. »

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On Point: Brazil a common thread on some classic shows

18 April 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The other night I strove for greatness. Nothing less would do. The house was empty; the big screen all mine. First I chose an episode from the recently concluded season of The Shield. It's the one where Forest Whitaker's cunning Jon Kavanaugh character finally meets up with Michael Chiklis' rogue cop Vic Mackey in a tense final scene. Great television, pure and simple. When that was over, I unwrapped the DVD set of the first season of Hill Street Blues. The only place to start was at the beginning, the pilot episode Hill Street Station. Watching Hill and Renko gunned down was no less startling on this night than it was when I first saw it 25 years ago. The Shield, arguably the best police show of its era. Hill Street Blues, arguably the best of its era. Was there a thread? Two gritty, no-holds-barred cop shows with rich, often dark personas portrayed by flat-out wonderful actors. You bet there was a thread. Midmorning on Tuesday came the news that Scott Brazil had died. He was 50. He was another thread. »

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