LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--The harrowing, human face of the war in Iraq, as portrayed in Steven Bochco's drama Over There, will be seen around the world starting in the fall on pay cable channels in about 100 territories.
Despite some early apprehension on the part of some foreign buyers that the series might skew to US politics, Bochco drew praise for his handling of sensitive issues.
"I was concerned it would be too politically correct, too 'Hurrah patriotic,'" said Hans Seger, chief programming officer of fiction and special interest for Germany's Premiere channel. "But once I received and read the script overnight, once I heard who's attached as producer, I had no doubts this series would be something very different, very special."
Bochco said he was looking forward to getting feedback from the international marketplace.
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Cable television's FX channel has decided not to renew the critically praised Iraq war drama Over There for a second season due to weak ratings during the show's initial 13-episode run, the network said Tuesday.
Over There, a first-of-its-kind contemporary war drama about US troops in combat and their families back home, was cocreated by Steven Bochco, the veteran TV producer behind such landmark cop shows as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue.
While Over There garnered mostly favorable reviews, the gritty, albeit fictionalized, depiction of a real war that has grown increasingly unpopular with the American public ultimately proved a turnoff to TV viewers.
Although the series contained references to real-life events that have stirred debate over the war, including the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal, the producers sought to avoid overt political messages about the conflict.
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Steven Bochco is back in business with FX.
The Emmy-winning writer-producer behind the cable network's critically praised but short-lived Iraq war saga Over There is developing a supernatural thriller with family elements.
He is cowriting the untitled project with another Over There alumnus, Joel Fields, executive producer on Courteney Cox's FX series Dirt.
The creator of such groundbreaking series on broadcast television as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, Bochco recently shifted his attention to cable.
He is developing a TNT show about former law-school classmates who face off against each other in court, and an A&E project about a happily married couple who are partners in a family law practice specializing in divorce clients.
Additionally, Bochco recently launched his first Internet programming venture, Cafe Confidential, with video site Metacafe.
HBO has ordered a movie based on a US Marine's experience transporting the body of a fallen colleague home from Iraq.
Taking Chance will begin production in the summer in anticipation of airing on the channel next year. The script was adapted by Michael Strobl from an article he wrote about escorting the body of 19-year-old Chance Phelps in 2004.
"This film pays tribute to the everyday American men and women who have given their lives in Iraq," HBO Films president Colin Callender said. "Regardless of one's own politics, one cannot help but be humbled in the face of this ultimate sacrifice made by Chance and his family."
Lance Cpl. Phelps was killed in April 2004 by hostile fire and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star. He hailed from Dubois, Wyoming, and was assigned ...Read more
Commander in Chief is losing its grip on power.
The new ABC drama series, which earned star Geena Davis a Golden Globe Award this week for her role as the first female US president, seems to be sinking into the same midterm malaise affecting the approval ratings of President Bush; Commander's ratings have been declining steadily since bowing to big numbers in September.
The series' downturn has industry insiders wondering whether its primary cause is the regime change that occurred behind the scenes after only six episodes were completed. Series creator and executive producer Rod Lurie was replaced as showrunner by veteran TV producer Steven Bochco, reportedly to quell ABC's concerns over production delays.
Now the network and Commander producer Touchstone Television, ABC's fellow Walt Disney subsidiary, are grappling with a dilemma that happens to ...Read more
This is the pilot episode of Steven Bochco's show about the conflict in Iraq. Over There is action-packed and dramatic, and everything viewers want in a television drama.
Bochco, the creator of such television classics as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, delivers a gritty, intense series about US soldiers on the front lines of the Iraq war. Not only does it show the effects of the war on an Army unit doing its first tour of duty, but it also shows the effects the war is having on the families and loved ones back home.
This show doesn't take a political stance. It doesn't profess to have answers, and it doesn't preach for or against the war. It's about dogfaces fighting battles and trying to stay alive.
Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette.
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Over There is a dramatic show about a sergeant and his platoon stationed in Iraq and how the lives of their families are affected at home. Theme Song: "Over There" Written & Performed by Chris Gerolmo