Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wyckoff Native's Starring Turn in New Series Takes Her Back to '60S

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Wyckoff Native's Starring Turn in New Series Takes Her Back to '60S

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PUBLIC MORALS

Katrina Bowden was born in the late Eighties, but she's getting to know a lot about the mid 1960s -- especially that period's hair and fashions -- thanks to her role as a high-end call girl in the new TNT series "Public Morals."

"I love that era, but I've never gotten the opportunity to do anything in that era, so it was really, really cool to get in the hair and makeup and the wardrobe," says Bowden, who grew up in Wyckoff and now lives in Manhattan with her Teaneck-bred musician husband, Ben Jorgensen. "It was all so gorgeous and beautiful, and it really helped me as an actor to transport myself to that era."

"Public Morals," which debuted last Tuesday -- the first four episodes are also available on demand -- is what Bowden calls the "passion project" of actor/filmmaker Edward Burns, who had been working on it, in one form or another, for nearly 20 years.

Burns, whose father and uncle are retired New York City police officers, created and produced the series and wrote, directed and starred in every episode. He plays Terry Muldoon, who lives with his wife and kids in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and oversees the New York City Police Department's Public Morals Department -- a squad of plainclothes officers who deal with "victimless" vices -- such as prostitution and illegal gambling -- with the goal of managing, rather than wiping out, these things.

These cops have a sort of detente with the West Side's Irish gangsters, led by Joe Patton (Brian Dennehy). They also get regular kickbacks and occasionally shake down creeps for money, some of which gets redirected to worthy recipients (as when Bowden's character, Fortune, gets beaten up by an out-of-town john who's attending a city convention).

"At the end of the day, they're the good guys, the public morals cops, but they definitely get involved in some more shady stuff," Bowden says.

Her Fortune character entertains men in her "really nice" 57th Street apartment. In the first episode, responding to complaints from her neighbors, Muldoon and Charlie Bullman (Michael Rapaport) bust her -- and discover that she is part of a teacher's union and her actual name is Stacy Potter. …

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