Central Park West was created by Darren Star, the man behind such hits as "Melrose Place" and "Sex and the City".
Perhaps the most sophisticated prime time soap ever made, Central Park West premiered on September 13, 1995. It aired Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. With a cast headlined by former Oscar nominee Mariel Hemingway, Central Park West centered around the glamorous and exciting life for the staff of trendy magazine 'Communique', owned by Allen Rush (Ron Leibman), "the Darth Vader of publishing". Mariel Hemingway played the role of Stephanie Wells, the newly appointed editor-in-chief of 'Communique'. Central to the plot is the rivalry between Stephanie and Allen's stepdaughter Carrie Fairchild (Mädchen Amick), a scheming Generation-X bitch who does her best to seduce Stephanie's writer husband Mark Merrill (Tom Verica). The series followed several other ambitious New Yorkers, their love, treachery, hopes and dreams through thick and thin. One of the most notable being the evil and deceitful Australian bombshell Rachel Dennis (Kylie Travis), the new fashion editor at 'Communique'.
Stylish and with terrific dialogue, Central Park West was perfectly designed for the same young, fashion oriented Generation-X audience that had given "Melrose Place" such a warm welcome. Surprisingly, the show didn't deliever as good as expected and was taken off the air revamped and put back on the air during the summer of 1996. Mariel Hemingway had quit and the show now focused more on the older characters. CBS now aired two episodes a week and Gerald McRaney, Noelle Beck and film diva Raquel Welch joined the cast.
Well-cast, well-played, fast-paced and brilliant. Central Park West is one of the greatest soaps to have been shown on TV. Don't miss the opportunity to watch this show all over again if you can. It's well worth it.moreless