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Death By Hollywood The TV titan finally gets a chance to use all those dirty words ABC won't allow on ''NYPD Blue'' -- and boy, does he make the least of it. Bochco's...Death By HollywoodFiction, Mystery and Thriller The TV titan finally gets a chance to use all those dirty words ABC won't allow on ''NYPD Blue'' -- and boy, does he make the least of it. Bochco's...2003-09-12
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Death By Hollywood

Genre: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Steven Bochco; Status: In Season

The TV titan finally gets a chance to use all those dirty words ABC won’t allow on ”NYPD Blue” – and boy, does he make the least of it. Bochco’s relentlessly vulgar first novel wants to be the literary equivalent of ”The Player:” A screenwriter neglects to report a murder he witnesses just so he can develop the story into a script. But with its pedestrian bedroom scenes and casual sexism, ”Death” feels more like a Jackie Collins potboiler rewritten by the editors of Maxim. Throw in moldy jokes and show-biz cliches (agents are ”well-paid pimps”; actors and writers are ”big self-centered spoiled-rotten babies”), and you’ve got Bochco’s deadliest bomb since ”Cop Rock.”

Originally posted September 12 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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