Words of wisdom from the early '90s cop show "Homicide," which I've been re-watching recently. A crucial evolutionary step from some of the guys who went on to create "The Wire."
Any idea who wrote this? When? Or are we in the no-context world others also predicted?
"Homicide: Life on the Street," episode 3.1, "Nearer My God to Thee," teleplay by Jorge Zamacona, story by Tom Fontana & Jorge Zamacona, directed by Tim Hunter. Aired 10/14/94.
I really think that you cannot understate the impact of "Starsky and Hutch" in the evolution of the crime drama.Look at the directors and screenwriters on that show. Michael Mann -- His episodes are the best ones.Robert SwansonRon Friedman -- Sledgehammer!Anthony Yerkovich -- Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues.Miami Vice = Dick Wolf, Robert Crais, Joel SurnowHill Street Blues = Steven Bochco, David Milch, Dick Wolf, And they keep working together.LUCK's pilot was directed by... Michael Mann.
don't think I ever watched an episode of that show. But the lineage you're tracing makes a lot of sense.What are your thoughts on the issue of the domestication of long form, he evolution from the collection of short stories format to the novelistic?
I think that people realized that television is the perfect medium for novels. A season is 22-23 chapters. It's a much better match for a novel storyline than a 2-hour movie. The best movies are novellas and short stories.I'll have a look at some older shows to see where we begin to see novel like stories -- and season long arcs -- but I know by Miami Vice it was already a trend.What TV hasn't decided -- except for British TV in some cases -- is how to let series end. To be fair, we haven't really learned that with novel series either. Game of Thrones and Moorcock's Elric stories are proof of that.
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