August 24, 2007 |
The man sitting in the big comfy chair in the big comfy office in Santa Monica looks familiar and sounds familiar but -- in some hard-to-define way -- he is not familiar at all. He turns 64 this December yet remains youthful in a way that only California and good genes can confer. His hair is gray. His skin is unwrinkled. But what is so different about Steven Bochco may be this: He is reflective and even philosophical.
March 19, 2007 |
As creator of "L.A. Law" and "Hill Street Blues," Steven Bochco packed lots of drama into 60 minutes. Now he's trying to entertain in closer to 60 seconds. Bochco is joining the masses of wannabe online video moguls with "Cafe Confidential," an Internet series that's all about brevity and punch. The 44-clip collection, which premieres today on video site Metacafe, features people in their teens or 20s telling lighthearted, semi-confessional stories.
November 2, 2005 |
"Over There," the much-heralded but little-watched Steven Bochco drama about the war in Iraq, won't be picked up by FX for a second season because of low ratings. The series about a U.S. combat unit in Iraq premiered strongly in July with 4.1 million viewers, but steadily declined. FX President John Landgraf praised the show's quality, adding the decision not to renew it was based solely on ratings.
October 8, 2005 |
Backstage intrigue and power struggles are rocking the Oval Office -- and that's after just two airings of ABC's "Commander in Chief." Walt Disney Co.'s Touchstone Television, which produces "Commander in Chief" for ABC, another Disney unit, Friday replaced Rod Lurie -- the writer-producer who created the series about the nation's first female president -- with producer Steven Bochco of "Hill Street Blues" and "NYPD Blue" fame.
July 31, 2005
Tony Perry Staff writer Tony Perry spent 10 months with 1st Marine Division combat units. Do the characters seem real? Yes Do you discern political bias? No Would you embed with this squad? No, they are too undisciplined. Is it too entertaining? No. "Over There" nailed it: orange sandstorms, fear of roadside bombers, anguish about families left behind, need for quick action in confused situations, daily examples of bravery and leadership. The drama and the dread of serving in Iraq is all there.
July 27, 2005 |
Premiering tonight on FX, "Over There" is the network's second series, after "Rescue Me," to have sprung, in a general way, from the events of 9/11. Set in contemporary Iraq among the members of a small, variously employed combat unit, and to a lesser extent among the people they left behind, it shares with the earlier, FDNY-set series elements of unusual stress and heavy gear.