There certainly hadn't been anything like "Hill Street Blues" when it debuted on NBC in January 1981, at a time when police shows were four acts of clear-cut bad guys and one usually heroic…
It was a night of triumph for the underdogs. Twenty-five years ago, Emmy voters handed out nearly a dozen awards to two groundbreaking series that were set in gritty urban workplaces and populated by…
While it gets harder for viewers to remember a time when a gritty procedural such as "Law & Order" was something new, for actor Chris Noth -- part of the skein's original cast -- that 1990 debut…
If "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" exec producer Rene Balcer's experience as a journalist gave him anything for his job now, it's a nose for narrative.
One feel-good perk of Oscar season is the praise often bestowed upon actors with solid resumes and familiar faces who often toil without immediate name recognition.
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe knew what he was up against when he stepped into the role of the Chairman in Rob Marshall's film adaptation of the bestselling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha."
For an actress used to exhaustive martial-arts action -- the genre in which she first came to global prominence through such films as "Supercop" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" -- succumbing to…
When Ziyi Zhang saw "Memoirs of a Geisha" for the first time recently, she says she unexpectedly became geisha Sayuri again, watching her life story unfold -- from servant waif to a kimono-sporting…
Last year's "Ray" established a new barometer for music-themed biopics, bringing Jamie Foxx near-unanimous praise and an Oscar for his lead perf. This year the likely beneficiary of the newfound…
Two Pulitzer Prize winners for drama will have 2005 releases in the Oscar race: the musical "Rent" and David Auburn's play "Proof." The latter comes to the screen with an Oscar pedigree, however, in…