Levinson's `Homicide': Back on the Screen

By Kate O'Hare Tribune Media Services | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 6, 1994 | Go to article overview

Levinson's `Homicide': Back on the Screen


Kate O'Hare Tribune Media Services, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


`I'M NOT a detective," says Richard Belzer, "but I play one on television."

Beginning tonight Belzer and the rest of the cast of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" return from hiatus limbo for a four-week run of new episodes.

The series's previous run of nine episodes early last year was enough to win it two 1993 Emmy Awards: a directing nod for series co-executive producer (and feature-film director) Barry Levinson; a writing award for co-executive producer Tom Fontana for the episode "Three Men and Adena."

With the series's future hanging on only four episodes, are the producers feeling some pressure?

"Yes, there's an enormous amount of pressure," says Fontana. "To tell you the truth, I think it's a little unfair only because, in this day and age especially, hour dramas need nurturing. They need time. Audiences want to get familiar with the characters. That's how an hour drama stays on the air. It's about the audiences feeling comfortable with the characters. It's like making friends."

"Homicide: Life on the Street," inspired by David Simon's non-fiction book "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets," follows a squad of homicide detectives in Baltimore: Beau Felton (Daniel Baldwin), John Munch (Richard Belzer), Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugher), Meldrick Lewis (Clark Johnson), Kay Howard (Melissa Leo), Steve Crosetti (Jon Polito), Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor), Stanley Bolander (Ned Beatty) and the commander, Al Giardello (Yaphet Kotto). The series is shot in Baltimore, a favorite location for Levinson's feature films.

The opening episode (9 tonight on Channel 5), "Bop Gun," features Robin Williams playing a family-man tourist whose wife is murdered by muggers.

Says Fontana: "It's terrific. Evidently (Williams) watched the show last year and liked the show. Obviously he has a long-term relationship with Barry. He read the script and said, `I'll be there. When do you want me?' He came in for three days and shot, worked like a dog. It was quite a special event for all of us. It's very intense. He had no opportunity to do jokes and didn't want an opportunity. He wanted to play it exactly how it was written."

With a mix of intense emotion, dogged police work and humorous banter among the detectives, "Bop Gun" typifies the philosophy of "Homicide."

Fontana explains: "This comes from Barry right at the beginning, the idea that we're doing a police show with no gun battles, no car chases. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Levinson's `Homicide': Back on the Screen
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.