[Marxism] The war isn't over, but artists try to express what it means

Jurriaan Bendien andromeda246 at hetnet.nl
Thu May 6 01:22:20 MDT 2004

Iraq war drama deal signed

LOS ANGELES - Television producer Steven Bochco, co-creator of landmark cop
shows Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, has signed a deal to develop a war
drama set in Iraq for the FX cable network, his production company said on
Wednesday. The as-yet untitled hour-long show would mark Bochco's first
series for a basic cable network, a spokeswoman for Steven Bochco
Productions said. The Emmy-winning producer is teaming up with feature
screenwriter Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning) to develop the script, she
said. Details of the projected series were sketchy, but entertainment trade
paper Daily Variety reported the network is looking for a weekly
character-driven contemporary drama that explores the lives of men and women
in uniform both on and off the battlefield. The project will be produced by
Bochco's company in conjunction with Paramount Network Television, where he
has a development deal. Paramount also produced last year's original TV
movie The Pentagon Papers for FX, home to the police series The Shield and
the plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck. Given the edgy nature of those two shows
and Bochco's gritty portrayals of police work on Hill Street Blues and NYPD
Blue, his latest project promises to deliver an unflinching depiction of
modern combat. For now, FX has ordered a script but has not yet given
approval for production of the series, the Bochco spokeswoman said. Bochco's
other credits include LA Law, Doogie Howser, MD and City of Angels. FX is
part of the Fox Entertainment Group Inc , which is controlled by Rupert
Murdoch's News Corp Ltd. (Reuters/NZ Herald) http://www.nzherald.co.nz/

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