A Product of.THE SALINA JOURNAL _ _,.. November 3-9,1996 LISTINGS FOR NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST KANSAS The Associated Press Steven Bochco, a longtime television producer of Emmy-winning dramas "LA. Law" and "NYPD Blue," is seeking success in the sitcom world with "Public Morals," which airs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on CBS. Sitcom new avenue for Bochco 'Public Morals' the first venture into comedy for award-winning producer By BOB THOMAS Tlie Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Steven Bochco. For 15 years, the name has been associated with superior one-hour dramas. Now, the restless television producer is branching into half-hour comedies. Manhattan-born, Bochco studied theater at Carnegie Tech, where he met his wife, actress Barbara Bosson. He went directly to MCA as a writer and story editor. In 1981, he turned producer with the landmark "Hill Street Blues." Then came "L.A. Law" and the current "NYPD Blue," Emmy winners all. Always seeking innovation, Bochco has had his misses ("Cop Rock"), as well as his hits ("Doogie Howser, M.D."). This week on CBS, he introduced "Public Morals," a comedic view of police work. Some Bochco comments from a recent wide-ranging interview with the producer in his memento-filled office in one of the historic buildings at 20th Century Fox: Q: "Public Morals" is your first venture into situation comedy. Why did you wait so long? A: It would have been sooner except that ABC (with which Bochco had a development deal) wouldn't buy any of them from us. Finally, when they turned down "Public Morals," we went to CBS and they bought it. Q: Why delve into the sitcom world? A: For all kinds of reasons. It's interesting, something new. From a business point of view, it enhances our credibility as an all-purpose supplier. And, it's fun. Q: And there's a nice payoff in syndication for a hit sitcom. Right? A: No question. Those things might be gold mines. I certainly wouldn't turn my back on that. But that's never been my primary goal. Q: How long can you keep "NYPD Blue" going? A: It depends. I was only on "Hill Street Blues" the first five years, but I thought the fifth was a tired year. If they hadn't fired me, I was going to do a lot of changes in the sixth year (the show lasted one more year). I felt it really needed some revitalization. "L.A. Law" had five wonderful years. I thought years six and seven were mediocre. I thought the eighth year was really quite good. But I think it should have sailed by then in terms of the audience. Q: If you had it to do over, would you keep the first-season concept of "Murder One" as a one-crime series? A: Absolutely. I really loved "Murder One" in its first season. I've always made a distinction between shows that fail and shows that don't succeed. For me, a show that fails, fails creatively. A show that doesn't succeed is simply a show that not enough people watch to deem it a success. That I can't control. Chiefs vs. Vikings 3 p.m. Sunday, NBC Kansas City and Minnesota square off in a battle of struggling 5-3 teams at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Lion King 6 p.m. Sunday, ABC The popular 1994 animated Disney film makes its television debut. Voices include James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane and Jeremy Irons. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC Jim Carrey portrays a small-time private eye who is hired to bring back the kidnapped mascot of the Miami Dolphins' football team — a 500-pound dolphin named Snowflake. Mary and Tim 8 p.m. Sunday, CBS Candice Bergen portrays a widowed career woman who falls in love with a charmingly naive young man (Thomas McCarthy). To Brave Alaska 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC An adventurous couple (Cameron Bancroft and Alyssa Milano) reopen an abandoned gold mine' in an uninhabited region of the 49th state. Burled Secrets 8 p.m. Monday, NBC While renting the shore house in Maine with her recently widowed mother, a young woman is visited by the ghost of the former owner's daughter. Election Returns 6 p.m. Tuesday, ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, NBC, PBS America goes to the polls to determine the next president and congressional makeup. Beethoven 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fox An evil veterinarian kidnaps a family's lovable St. Bernard. The Great Escape 7 p.m. Wednesday, TNT Steve McQueen and James Garner portray Allied officers who aim to flee a Nazi POW camp in 1942. Turning Point 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC Newswoman Elizabeth Vargas hosts a report on same-sex couples seeking to formalize their relationships. Father of the Bride 7 p.m. Saturday, ABC Steve Martin portrays a doting dad who must deal with his daughter's impending wedding. Throw Momma From the Train 7 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime Danny DeVito portrays a man who plots to kill his overbearing mother.
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