NBC is partnering with Barbra Streisand’s Barwood Films and Columbia TriStar Television to develop a two-hour telefilm inspired by the life of freshman Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.).
Titled “The Carolyn McCarthy Story,” the telefilm is about how McCarthy ran for Congress on a pro-gun control platform after her husband Dennis McCarthy was killed and her son Kevin injured when Colin Ferguson went on a shooting spree on a Long Island Railroad train and killed six passengers and wounded another 19 in 1993.
McCarthy chose to run for Congress in 1996 because her own congressman, Republican Dan Frisa of the Mineola district, was in support of repealing gun-control legislation.
Streisand’s Barwood, with NBC and Columbia TriStar, previously produced “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” about a lesbian career military officer, which starred Glenn Close and won two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
“The Carolyn McCarthy Story” is being developed for the 1997-98 season and Maria Nation will write the script. Streisand and Barwood Films president Cis Corman will executive produce “The Carolyn McCarthy Story,” as they did “Serving in Silence.”
“We are extremely proud that Carolyn McCarthy is allowing us to bring her remarkable story to television audiences,” Streisand said in a statement.