Monday, July 17, 2000

Bochco returns to run 'NYPD Blue'




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        ×by By John Kiesewetter The Cincinnati Enquirer

        PASADENA, Calif. — Great news for NYPD Blue fans: TV's top cop creator, Steven Bochco, will return full-time to the police drama this season and next, replacing departed long-time executive producer David Milch.

        “You're going to be in for one great new season on NYPD Blue,” Stu Bloomberg, ABC Entertainment co-chairman Stu Bloomberg promised Television Critics Association members at the annual summer press tour here.

        The Emmy-winning Hill Street Blues creator had handed off day-to-day operation of NYPD Blue for most of its first seven seasons to Mr. Milch, who has left the show to produce other series for Paramount.

        Having Mr. Bochco's supervise the show was part of ABC's deal to renew the series for two more years, through a ninth season, said Lloyd Braun, the other ABC Entertainment co-chairman.

        Like last year, NYPD Blue will premiere in January, eliminating reruns through the end of the TV season in May. Sela Ward's Once and Again will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday until the Monday Night Football season concludes in January.

        Mr. Bochco “welcomed having that lead time” to assemble a new writing staff and plan the eighth season, Mr. Braun said.

        Awards week: In this presidential election year, NBC's The West Wing swept the 16th annual Television Critics Association's 16th annual awards. The White House drama won best new series, best drama and program of the year.

        Also saluted by the critics: Fox's Malcolm in the Middle (best comedy), ABC News 2000 (news and information); PBS' Between the Lions (children's series); and HBO's The Corner (movie/miniseries).

        Honored for individual achievement were Jane Kaczmarek for Malcolm in the Middle (comedy) and James Gandolfini for The Sopranos (drama). Dick Van Dyke was presented a career achievement award.

        Just politics: President Jeb Bartlett, also known as actor Martin Sheen, says he'll be campaigning in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, this fall for long-time friend Congressman Tony Hall. “He's my congressman,” says the actor, a graduate of old Chaminade High School.

        War movies: Steven Spielberg has collected over 600 hours of rare World War II film for Shooting War, a two-hour documentary about motion picture combat cameramen to air on ABC on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor day. Tom Hanks will narrate the film written by former Time magazine film critic Richard Schickel.

        Local news: Interconnect, the long-running WVXU-FM talk show, has returned to the airwaves down the dial on Oxford's WMUB-FM (88.5) at 9 a.m. today, repeating at 7 p.m. The husband-wife team of John Hingsbergen and Cheri Lawson co-host the show. WVXU-FM canceled the show when Mr. Hingsbergen, a former local cable public access administrator, was hired by the Miami University public radio station.

       



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