Bravo showing thirtysomething
Below is the press info put out by the Bravo cable channel in June 2001 (links added by me).
You missed the cast reunion interview? Here are some snippets of what they said.
thirtysomething, the visionary series that changed the face of dramatic television in the late 80's with its honest and insightful portrayal of adult relationships, will premiere on Bravo, the Film and Arts Network, beginning Monday July 16. Social observer and author, Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City, Four Blondes) will host the series, the first in Bravo's "Art of Television" strand showcasing groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed series that challenge the medium. To celebrate the beloved series that left the primetime airwaves ten years ago, Bravo taped a reunion last week of the cast and creators in conjunction with Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles for a special titled Inside thirtysomething also to air July 16.
The pilot episode will air on Monday, July 16, at 8:00PM ET & PT followed by the hour-long reunion special at 9:00PM ET & PT and then the first episode at 10:00PM ET & PT. Thereafter, thirtysomething will air in its regular time period - Monday through Thursday at 10:00PM ET & 7:00PM PT.
On September 29, 1987 television audiences were introduced for the first time to Hope and Michael Steadman (Ken Olin and Mel Harris), Nancy and Elliot Weston (Patricia Wettig and Timothy Busfield), Gary Shepherd (Peter Horton), Melissa Steadman (Melanie Mayron), and Ellyn Warren (Polly Draper), and their array of domestic troubles. Viewers of all ages welcomed them instantly, drawn to the show's fresh writing and unique perspective.
thirtysomething, the brainchild of Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, has been described by its creators as "... a show about life on earth as we know it -- at least a small slice of it. It's about a group of people, all of a certain age, who know enough about life to be totally confused by it. It's about growing up no matter how old you are." Throughout its four-year run on ABC, the series was nominated for numerous Emmy Awards, winning thirteen including best dramatic series its first season. Herskovitz and Zwick produced last year's Traffic, the Steven Soderbergh-directed feature film that won multiple Academy Awards and numerous critics prizes.
Bravo has enlisted Candace Bushnell, the author of Sex and the City and Four Blondes, whose authority on and talent for capturing the mating rituals of today's thirty-somethings is unparalleled. Bushnell will introduce each episode offering her own self-styled commentary and, in clever segments separate from the actual show, even interact with characters on-screen. " 'thirtysomething was the 'sex and the suburbs' of its time and one of my favorite shows," said Bushnell. "Unfortunately, I ended up crying during every episode. Now I have the chance to speak directly to Hope, Nancy and Melissa on-screen and tell them to lighten up." Atlantic Monthly Press will release Ms. Bushnell's most recent novel, Four Blondes, in paperback on July 3.
To mark thirtysomething's special anniversary, the Los Angeles chapter of the Museum of Television and Radio assembled the principle cast and series creators on June 4, for an intimate, moderated discussion. The event provided an opportunity for the talent behind the show to reflect on their experiences making it and examine how it ultimately affected the television landscape. Bravo captured the evening on tape in an hour-long special, Inside thirtysomething, which will premiere on Monday, July 16 at 9:00PM ET & PT.
Bravo's new strand "The Art of Television" was designed to showcase critically acclaimed, off-net television series that are both innovative and creative in style, production and performance -- shows that appeal to Bravo's smart discerning viewers. thirtysomething, which upon its 1987 debut The New York Times called "as close to the level of an art form as weekly television gets," is the first series to be presented under "The Art of Television" banner, and will be followed by The Larry Sanders Show in the fall of 2002 and The West Wing in the fall of 2003.
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