Steve Bochco, creator of NYPD Blue, is death
His name was well known to fans of american series and other spectators who are fond of writing. Steven Bochco has died at the age of 74 years.
After several years of fighting leukemia, the producer and scriptwriter died at his home, in his sleep. Well before that the series do not become a medium in itself, a form of art, often on a par with the 7th Art, he was one of the craftsmen fundamentals that allowed this format to make the gigantic step forward.
For anyone interested in developments in the format of a serial, it is often considered that HBO has pushed the tv shows in the world of the excellence and the pure cinégénie with Oz, then The Sopranos. For the brightness of his successes, they often overshadow a fundamental step in the ability of this type of production to embrace the real.
The Career of Steve Bochco is impressive richness. Appointed to a first Emmy Award for the first time since 1971, thanks to the pilot of Columbo, that he wrote and that Steven Spielberg realized, he had to stay on the side of the cops, but by offering the kind of realism that was lacking.
His two masterworks are Captain Furillo / Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue. These two productions will become in turn a major part of the programming from NBC and ABC.
Captain Furillio (Dennis Franz on the right)
Cops at the edge of a nervous crisis, rotten, old hands, failed, tireless workers, badernes to drift… The stories of Bochco are not interested as long as the other procedurals, investigation, nor do they set a figure déréalisée of the investigator. It is question here of situating the police within the social body, to question his issues, his demons. In many ways, Bochco will pave the path that will allow the sociological approach and the naturalist of The Wire.
The actor Dennis Franz, who played in several shows Bochco symbolizes in large part to the contribution of the producer and writer to the genre, or how it suddenly becomes possible to represent a cop to questionable means, and even largely corrupt, alcoholic and ill-tempered, far from the stereotypes of moral and physical in multiples to function.
NYPD Blue (Dennis Franz on the right)