Television

History Of The People Pile

If there's an international symbol for ''sexy cast,'' it's the people-pile photo -- that shot of comely costars lying intertwined as if a make-out session could erupt anytime, anywhere, with anyone. The photogenic Twister was made popular in the '90s with Beverly Hills 90210 and Friends and recently returned in the Queer as Folk fourth-season DVD and The WB's billboard blitz for One Tree Hill. But as much as network marketers love it, the people pile does have its limits. Says The WB's cochair Garth Ancier, ''I don't think it would work for The West Wing.''

Originally posted Feb 27, 2004 Published in issue #753 Feb 27, 2004 Order article reprints