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Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Dennis Franz pays tribute to Steven Bochco: He had to talk me into playing NYPD Blue's Sipowicz
"I consider Steven to be a leader and a visionary in television," Franz, who starred as Lt. Norman Buntz on Hill Street Blues and played the iconic Det. Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, said Tuesday in reaction to Bochco's death. "He left such a beautiful legacy of so much memorable work, which to me puts him in an icon status." Franz was nominated eight times for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, winning four Emmys, for his role as Andy Sipowicz. But Franz recalled having to be talked into playing his most famous role over lunch with Bochco, six months before the initial NYPD Blue script was written. "I read about my guy, and I thought, 'Who is going to care about this guy?'" Franz recalled. "He gets shot at the end of the pilot, and I thought, 'Who is going to care if he lives or dies? He is a womanizer. He is a drunk. He is a racist. He is a loose cannon. He is a bad cop and bad man.' And I expressed those feelings to Steven, and he said, 'You know, you will find a way to make him sympathetic.' And I asked how I was going to go about that, and he said, 'It is inherent in your personality. You have this.' And never did he say, 'You're right, we'll change the character.'"
- Kim Delaney says "Steven changed my life," from her Emmy-winning NYPD Blue role to the Philly series he created for her
- Amy Brenneman, who met her husband on NYPD Blue, says of Bochco: "Steven, thank you for my marriage and my life in Los Angeles. Thank you for your artistic courage which taught me how to have artistic courage of my own."
- "Steven Bochco was not about bull or baloney. He knew that life was too short for that stuff," says TV critic Tom Shales
- Adam Scott: "Steven Bochco generously gave me my first real tv job in 1995 on Murder One"
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
Steven Bochco helped TV evolve
"Modern television wouldn't exist without Steven Bochco," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "From the early 1980s onward, starting with Hill Street, Bochco pushed relentlessly, some said fruitlessly, to loosen commercial broadcast television’s restrictions on both content and style, and allow showrunners, writers, and directors to create programs as artistically free as the best titles that could be viewed in cinemas or on cable." Bochco also worked closely and helped develop some of the greatest TV minds, from David E. Kelley to David Milch to Dick Wolf. Even his most notable failure, Cop Rock -- considered to be one of the worst shows ever made -- paved the way for musical TV series from Glee to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend to Flight of the Conchords. "It’s impossible to imagine modern television existing without him," says Seitz.
- Bochco was a revolutionary when network TV was ordinary -- cable TV made his best work look callow
- Bochco's big, successful swings more than made up for his misses
- How Bochco fought the FCC and brought nudity to mainstream TV with NYPD Blue
- An ode to Bochco's Murder One, the first show to track an entire case over a season
- Bochco was a "showrunner" before the term was in common usage
- Where to stream Bochco's hits: Hill Street Blues and Doogie Howser are on Hulu, but L.A. Law and Cop Rock aren't available for streaming
- Watch Bochco go in-depth in 1989 Later interview with Bob Costas
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
The Walking Dead's first fully nude zombie was disappointing
"Listen," says Liam Mathews, "if you're gonna show a fully-nude walker, commit to it, standards and practices be damned. I said it once and I'll say it again: show me some zombenis!"
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Why Altered Carbon shows so much nudity
The Netflix series feels like it takes premium TV's "copious amounts of violence and nudity" to a "whole new level," as Michael Rougeau puts it. But show creator Laeta Kalogridis doesn't think the nudity is gratuitous, and points out that it's "equal opportunity" between male and females. "Our worst instincts as human beings have to do with our carelessness with natural resources, and when the body itself becomes just one more of those resources, how will we treat it? Will we treat it with such indifference and with such depersonalization that it becomes more like a very fancy car than a repository of the self?" says Kalogridis. "And that, I think, is one reason that the nudity itself is not gratuitous; it's meant to reinforce to you, as a viewer, that the advent of this technology fundamentally and substantially changes people's relationships with their idea of their own body." ALSO: Kalogridis says "I don’t have a second season" when asked which actors will return for Season 2.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Did Netflix’s Easy have the most male full frontal TV nudity of 2017?
Siddhartha Rajan’s penis may have broken TV’s “boner barrier.”
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 1:54PM EDT
Apple wants to create TV shows that avoid sex, violence and nudity
Despite spending $1 billion on original shows, Apple doesn’t want to have the next Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead. According to Bloomberg View, Apple “plans to release the first few projects to everyone with an Apple device, potentially via its TV app, and top executives don’t want kids catching a stray nipple. Every show must be suitable for an Apple Store. Instead of the nudity, raw language, and violence that have become staples of many TV shows on cable and streaming services, Apple wants comedies and emotional dramas with broad appeal, such as the NBC hit This Is Us, and family shows like Amazing Stories.” ALSO: Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly ordered dirty jokes removed from Carpool Karaoke.
Posted Friday 10/13/17 at 11:28PM EDT
In her Hulu debut, Sarah Silverman wanted to do the “picture-the-audience-naked concept” using actual full-frontal nudity
The comedy bit where the audience is naked (but not really) has been done a lot of times, including on SNL, so Silverman was initially reluctant to go with the idea when it was pitched to her. But Silverman on the debut of her Hulu show I Love You, America wanted to take advantage of being on Hulu. "So we just leaned into that trope and made it into something totally, in my opinion, original,” she says. “I wanted to take advantage of the fact that we are on a network where we can see nudity, clinical nudity." She adds: "It's totally nonsexual nudity and yet it's so jarring to see because we're not used to it, especially in America. So I just got excited about showing clinical nudity — you know, a flaccid penis and balls and pubes and a vagina and just human, fleshy, beautiful bodies. All it takes is exposure to be used to things."
- The conversations that followed the nudity bit were just as uncomfortable
- Silverman displays a genuine sense of empathy with people who aren’t liberal like her
- Silverman’s sincerity saves the show from being dismissable fluff
- Silverman: “The one thing I’ve learned overall about this is that facts don’t change people’s minds”
- Samantha Bee: “Welcome to the club, Sarah Silverman”!
Posted Monday 8/14/17 at 10:32PM EDT
BBC News accidentally shows Anna Paquin’s True Blood nudity
“MY BREASTS!!” she tweeted after finding out that an old True Blood episode was playing in the background of a BBC News broadcast.