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He Soured on Film. He Became a Legend for TV

'Hill Street Blues' creator Steven Bochco dies at 74

(Newser) - Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama Hill Street Blues, died Sunday. He was 74. A family spokesman says Bochco died in his sleep after a battle with cancer. Bochco, who won 10 primetime Emmys, created several hit television shows, including LA Law, NYPD ... More »

Minorities Finally Get Lead Roles in TV Dramas

This year's network pilots include four with non-white stars

(Newser) - The upcoming crop of pilots for network TV offers hope that the industry taboo against minority leads in dramas can finally be put to rest. Four of the most high-profile projects in the works feature non-white actors, notes the Hollywood Reporter , including Forest Whitaker in a spinoff of Criminal Minds... More »

Mackenzie Phillips Busted for Drugs

Heroin, cocaine found on One Day at a Time star at LA airport

(Newser) - 1980s TV star Mackenzie Phillips, 48, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport this morning for allegedly trying to take small amounts of heroin and cocaine on a flight, E! News reports. The former One Day at a Time star—who lost her role because of drugs—has more recently... More »

ABC Faces Hefty FCC Fine for Bare Bottom

Stiff penalty a sign that group is reviving its anti-indecency crusade

(Newser) - The airing of a woman’s bare bottom almost five years ago could cost ABC $1.43 million, if the FCC gets its way. The media watchdog levied the maximum penalty last night against the Disney-owned broadcaster for a 2003 episode of NYPD Blue. The stiff penalty is a sign... More »

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