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Television

September 14, 1997

During Hollywood's Golden Era, director John Ford had a repertory company of actors, including John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen, that he used frequently in his movies. Orson Welles had his Mercury Players and, more recently, Woody Allen developed a stable of performers who have popped up in many of his films. Television producer Steven Bochco utilizes a similar repertory approach for his series. (See story, page 82.) "You work with certain actors and you really like what they do, you like how they do it and you want to work with them again," he explains. "So as good roles arise that you think they are right for, you take advantage of your relationship with them." Indeed, the producer's three series on the fall prime-time schedule feature a number of recognizable Bochco alumni. Here's a who's who:

TOTAL SECURITY

Saturdays, 9 p.m., ABC

* BILL BROCHTRUP

Current role: The efficient officer manager.

Previously: Receptionist John Irvin on "NYPD Blue in 1995 and '96. He reprised the role as a regular on 1996's "Public Morals," which was canceled after one episode.

* JAMES REMAR

Current role: and LAPD vet who heads up a high-tech security firm.

Previously: Guest-starred on "Hill Street Blues," which ran from 1981 to '87.

* TONY PLANA

Current role: The suave, savvy manager of a famous Los Angeles Hotel.

Previously: Guest-starred on "Murder One" (1995-'97) and "L.A. Law" (1986-'94).

* DEBORAH FARENTINO

Current role: A member of the security firm.

Previously: Regular in 1987 and '88 on "Hooperman," playing Susan Smith, Hooperman's girlfriend and the handyperson in his apartment building. She also guest-starred in five episodes of "NYPD Blue," which premiered in 1993.

BROOKLYN SOUTH

Mondays, 10 p.m., CBS

* TITUS WELLIVER

Current role: Brooklyn patrolman.

Previously: Guest star on "NYPD Blue" and "Murder One."

* YANCY BUTLER

Current role: Brooklyn police officer.

Previously: Guest appearance on "NYPD Blue."

* GARY BASARABA

Current role: Brooklyn police sergeant.

Previously: Guest appearance on "NYPD Blue."

* JAMES B. SIKKING

Current role: Lieutenant with the Internal Affairs Bureau.

Previously: Portrayed Lt. Howard Hunter, the reactionary SWAT team leader on "Hill Street Blues." Reprised Hunter role for a guest stint on "Cop Rock," which aired in 1990. Also played the father of "Doogie Howser, M.D." (1989-'93).

* MICHAEL DeLUISE

Current role: Young police officer newly assigned to a Brooklyn precinct.

Previously: Guest-starred as Andy Sipowicz Jr., from 1993 to '97 on "NYPD Blue."

NYPD BLUE

Tuesdays, 10 p.m., ABC

* JIMMY SMITS

Current role: Entering his fourth season as Det. Bobby Simone.

Previously: Starred from 1986 to '91 as attorney Victor Sifuentes on "L.A. Law." Also guest-starred on "Cop Rock."

* KIM DELANEY

Current role: Det. Diane Russell.

Previously: Guest-starred in four episodes of "L.A. Law" in 1987 as an associate with the firm who quits to write a novel after winning a case.

* JAMES McDANIEL

Current role: Lt. Arthur Fancy.

Previously: Regular on "Cop Rock" and a guest on "Civil Wars" (which aired from 1991 to '93, "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues."

* Gordon Clapp

Current role: Det. Greg Medavoy

Previously: Guest appearance on "Cop Rock" and "Civil Wars."

* DENNIS FRANZ

Current role: Det. Andy Sipowicz, for which he has won two Emmy Awards.

Previously: Guest-starred as Det. Sal Benedetto on "Hill Street Blues," returned in 1985 as regular Lt. Norman Buntz and starred as Buntzin the 1987-88 series "Beverly Hills Buntz." Regular on the 1983 Bochco series "Bay City Blues" as a coach of a minor-league baseball team. Guest appearance on "Civil Wars."

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