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Steven Bochco Interview Part 3 of 12 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

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Uploaded on Aug 28, 2009

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Steven Bochco, a producer known to push the envelope in many of the series he created and produced attests to experiencing as much drama behind-the- scenes as on the screen. On producing Hill Street Blues he says, there is something that is truly magical when you catch lightning in a bottle.  And here weve got a whole bottle full and you've got to fight very hard.  So, every day in my life, I was fighting something. Usually the network, a lot of broadcast standards was a battle.  Every day, for five years honest to God.  In his two-part Archive interview, Bochco talks about his early interest in writing, his college career at Carnegie Mellon and his move to Los Angeles.  He then discusses his first job at Universal Studios, which led him into his first professional writing assignments on Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theatre, Ironside, Columbo, The Name of the Game  and his first producing duties on Leiutentant Schusters Wife . He discusses his move to MTM Enterprises and the creative freedom he was given. Bochco then discusses at length the creation and production of Hill Street Blues. He then chronicles leaving MTM and developing L.A. Law  and then briefly touches on his other shows Doogie Howser, M.D., Hooperman, Cop Rock, Capitol Critters, The Byrds of Paradise, Murder One, Brooklyn South, City of Angels and Philly. He details his work on NYPD Blue and the negotiations he went through to push the boundaries of language and nudity on network television. In summing up, he discusses what he sees as the role of a producer. The two-part interview was took place on May 21 and September 12, 2002; Karen Herman conducted the six-hour interview.. To see the entire interview collection, visit http://emmytvlegends.org

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