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By DAVID ZURAWIK | January 29, 2006
HILL STREET BLUES: SEASON ONE / / Fox Home Entertainment / $39.98 Outside of Dragnet, the 1952 series starring Jack Webb that gave birth to the genre, there is not another TV cop drama equal in stature to Hill Street Blues. The watershed production that made its debut on NBC in 1981 arrives on DVD Tuesday with all 17 episodes from Season 1 -- and commentary on three of them by co-creator Steven Bochco. This is the series for which the term "gritty cop drama" -- used to describe virtually every urban crime show, from NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street to ABC's NYPD Blue -- was invented.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
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NEWS
September 12, 1994
"NYPD Blue," ABC's controversial police drama, failed last night to set a record for most Emmys won in a season. It needed to succeed in all the categories for which it was nominated to top "Hill Street Blues," which holds the record with eight.Leigh Taylor-Young of "Picket Fences" beat out the competition in the supporting actress category, which included Sharon Lawrence and Amy Brenneman of "NYPD Blue." And in the supporting actor category, Fyvush Finkel of "Picket Fences" beat Gordon Clapp and Nick Turturro of "NYPD Blue."
NEWS
December 11, 2008
ROBERT PROSKY, 77 Character actor appeared in 'Hill Street Blues' Robert Prosky, a character actor with hundreds of credits on stage and screen including Mrs. Doubtfire and Hill Street Blues, died Monday night in Washington, D.C., of complications from a heart procedure. Mr. Prosky appeared in more than 200 plays on Broadway and with Arena Stage, a regional theater company in Washington. He appeared in 38 films and numerous television shows. A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Prosky studied economics at Temple University and served in the Air Force.
NEWS
June 10, 2007
HARRY FRAZIER, 77 Actor portrayed Santa Claus Actor Harry Frazier, whose white beard helped him land Santa Claus roles in movies and commercials, died May 26 of complications from diabetes at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. Mr. Frazier started appearing in Broadway plays in the 1960s. His TV credits included Night Court, Cheers and Hill Street Blues. He also played King Neptune on three Power Rangers episodes in 2000. His career took an upswing in the 1990s when he was tapped to play Santa Claus on the big and small screens.
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | September 28, 1993
There's an above-average CBS docudrama on tap tonight, which in itself is some kind of rarity. However, the best bet of all is the second episode of ABC's "NYPD Blue," which dispenses with most of the eyebrow-raising ploys and gets straight down to business, spinning another chapter in the best dramatic story line of the past few years.* Full House (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ) -- Last week on the premiere of the CBS sitcom "Dave's World," the plot revolved around how the dad dealt with a child's reluctance to play in a local soccer league.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | March 4, 2002
CBS is hoping that the mayor of Baltimore is ready for prime time. The network is not banking on Martin O'Malley, or at least, not exactly. For Mayor of Baltimore, a show he's pitching to CBS, executive producer David Mills envisions an ex-professional athlete who is a populist political neophyte with blue-collar roots. Network spokesman Chris Ender confirmed that CBS has signed a contract to produce a pilot for the proposed show. But that pilot will be taped later this month only if Mills and his collaborators at Spelling Entertainment are able to land a well-known actor for the title role, someone acceptable to CBS. So far, Alec Baldwin has already turned down the part, according to people involved in the project.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | July 26, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Coming this fall from ABC, one of the networks that says it plans to clean up its act on TV violence, is Steven Bochco's "NYPD Blue." The show includes scenes such as this:A man and a woman are on a bed in a hotel room starting to have intercourse. The man is a cop, the woman a prostitute.Another man walks into the room, points a gun, and suddenly everything starts to look like a Sam Peckinpah movie with slow motion and silence as the shooter pumps five slugs into the cop.The scene ends with the cop lying face down on the bed in his underwear, blood running down his legs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
In my Monday-night appreciation of Robin Williams, I wrote about a 1994 episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which the comedian delivered an outstanding dramatic performance. (Read that here .) Sun librarian Paul McCardell, to whom anyone who cares a whit about institutional and civic memory owes a deep debt, dug up my preview of the episode that ran in the Sun on Jan. 6, 1994. In answer to those readers who asked what I wrote at the time, here it is. Check it out for yourself.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 14, 1997
Los Angeles -- The guard at the front gate of the 20th Century Fox studio lot here is giving directions to the offices of television producer Steven Bochco, but they also lead straight to the heart of American popular culture."
NEWS
By DAVID ZURAWIK | January 29, 2006
HILL STREET BLUES: SEASON ONE / / Fox Home Entertainment / $39.98 Outside of Dragnet, the 1952 series starring Jack Webb that gave birth to the genre, there is not another TV cop drama equal in stature to Hill Street Blues. The watershed production that made its debut on NBC in 1981 arrives on DVD Tuesday with all 17 episodes from Season 1 -- and commentary on three of them by co-creator Steven Bochco. This is the series for which the term "gritty cop drama" -- used to describe virtually every urban crime show, from NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street to ABC's NYPD Blue -- was invented.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | March 4, 2002
CBS is hoping that the mayor of Baltimore is ready for prime time. The network is not banking on Martin O'Malley, or at least, not exactly. For Mayor of Baltimore, a show he's pitching to CBS, executive producer David Mills envisions an ex-professional athlete who is a populist political neophyte with blue-collar roots. Network spokesman Chris Ender confirmed that CBS has signed a contract to produce a pilot for the proposed show. But that pilot will be taped later this month only if Mills and his collaborators at Spelling Entertainment are able to land a well-known actor for the title role, someone acceptable to CBS. So far, Alec Baldwin has already turned down the part, according to people involved in the project.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | September 14, 1997
Los Angeles -- The guard at the front gate of the 20th Century Fox studio lot here is giving directions to the offices of television producer Steven Bochco, but they also lead straight to the heart of American popular culture."
NEWS
September 12, 1994
"NYPD Blue," ABC's controversial police drama, failed last night to set a record for most Emmys won in a season. It needed to succeed in all the categories for which it was nominated to top "Hill Street Blues," which holds the record with eight.Leigh Taylor-Young of "Picket Fences" beat out the competition in the supporting actress category, which included Sharon Lawrence and Amy Brenneman of "NYPD Blue." And in the supporting actor category, Fyvush Finkel of "Picket Fences" beat Gordon Clapp and Nick Turturro of "NYPD Blue."
FEATURES
By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Contributing Writer | September 28, 1993
There's an above-average CBS docudrama on tap tonight, which in itself is some kind of rarity. However, the best bet of all is the second episode of ABC's "NYPD Blue," which dispenses with most of the eyebrow-raising ploys and gets straight down to business, spinning another chapter in the best dramatic story line of the past few years.* Full House (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ) -- Last week on the premiere of the CBS sitcom "Dave's World," the plot revolved around how the dad dealt with a child's reluctance to play in a local soccer league.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | July 26, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Coming this fall from ABC, one of the networks that says it plans to clean up its act on TV violence, is Steven Bochco's "NYPD Blue." The show includes scenes such as this:A man and a woman are on a bed in a hotel room starting to have intercourse. The man is a cop, the woman a prostitute.Another man walks into the room, points a gun, and suddenly everything starts to look like a Sam Peckinpah movie with slow motion and silence as the shooter pumps five slugs into the cop.The scene ends with the cop lying face down on the bed in his underwear, blood running down his legs.
FEATURES
By Zap2it | January 8, 2003
LOS ANGELES - HBO has ordered 13 episodes of Deadwood, a Western that will blend fictional and real-life characters from the post-Civil War era. The series, created by former NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues writer-producer David Milch, is set to begin production in the spring. It will likely premiere in 2004. The series begins in Deadwood, S.D., in 1876, two weeks after Custer's defeat at Little Big Horn. Timothy Olyphant stars as Seth Bullock, a former marshal who's trying to set up a mercantile business in the town.
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