Himself on Party of Five
While this guy is certainly not a household name, his name usually is associated with prime-time, deep, down-to-earth drama. More than you might imagine. Born and raised in Long Island, NY, this writer/producer's name is not known, but his projects all have the touch of humanity and quality to them. Originally, a law school student, Keyser attended Harvard's school of law. He met a woman there... by the name of Amy Lippman, and with here, his entire future was reshaped. In the year of 1985, they finally graduated Keyser and Lippman took off to the Big Apple itself, New York City. But not in the pursuit of a legal career. In favor of writing for television. Little did they realize they were not only going to reshape their future... but also the future of television. They formed a partnership and became a writing team. In 1988, they moved to Los Angeles and because of their legal backgrounds in the hallowed and famed Harvard Law, they were signed on to write TV scripts for "L.A. Law" and "Equal Justice." They finally had the honor of writing and producing the hit-show "Sisters" and "Eddie Dodd" from 1991-1996. They established themselves as a real ace team in the TV business. The two hit big pay-dirt with the enormously successful "Party of Five," a prime-time family-oriented soap-opera which was incredibly popular with young teenage girls and young gay men. The show featured the Salingers, a family suddenly orphaned when their parents are offed by a drunken man behind the wheel and the eldest son becomes the head of the family, the eldest daughter wants to write professionally, the youngest daughter is a musical prodigy who sleeps around (all over the house!) and their valiant efforts to keep the family together and the family restaurant business afloat. The show (and the entire family) deals with relationships and friction, romance, school, work, growing-up, life-and-death. Many have said it's a prime-time soap opera after-school special. In 1996, the show took home the Golden Globe Award for "Best Drama Series." Keyser himself (along with Lipman) were the reapers of a Humanitarias Prize (a mini-glass statuette and $15,000) for the episode "Thanksgiving," where the leads wound up confronting the mysterious drunk driver that was responsible for their parent's deaths... Lacey Chalbert took home some YoungStar Awards from her run on this gig. The one and only Neve Campbell (who got her breakout role on the show) has referred to the show as "The most realistic show on television." Eventually, the show's actors were discovered and big offers came pouring in and eventually the show came to an end. Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt went on to do movies, Chalbert currently juggles film and TV, Matthew Fox went onto other hit TV shows.... And the team of Keyser/Lippman are still cranking out must-see TV programs such as "Significant Others" and "Time of Your Life," a spin-off of "Party of Five" starring Love Hewitt's character Sarah leaving San Francsico in favor of New York and searching for the biological family she never even knew she had. Keyser, who was resides in the city of dreams meeting reality--Los Angeles with his wife (who DID decide to become an attorney) and two rugrats.moreless
- Trivia & Quotes
Christopher met long-time writing/producing partner Amy Lippman in a playwright class at Harvard in 1985. She started writing soap-opera teleplays while he wrote screenplays. They became an official collaborative team in 1998.