February 12, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

NYPD Blue

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
09/23/93
performer
Amy Brenneman, David Caruso, Kim Delaney, Dennis Franz, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Currie Graham, Sharon Lawrence, Leonard Gardner, James McDaniel, David Milch, Rick Schroder, Jimmy Smits, Sherry Stringfield, Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, Bill Brochtrup, Gordon Clapp, Esai Morales, Charlotte Ross, Henry Simmons
guest performer
Peter Boyle, Kevin Dillon, Jenna Elfman, Giancarlo Esposito, Luis Guzman, Anthony Stewart Head, Debra Messing, Poppy Montgomery, Mos Def, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Rapaport, Richard Schiff, David Schwimmer, M. Emmet Walsh, Isaiah Washington, Titus Welliver
broadcaster
ABC
genre
Crime, Drama

Will Steven Bochco’s upcoming ABC cop show, NYPD Blue, become TV’s first R-rated series? The producer had Civil Wars‘ Mariel Hemingway bare all in an episode that aired last fall. Now an unusual casting notice has been issued for Blue, his as-yet-unscheduled drama. Hollywood agents were told nudity would be required of the actresses who’ll portray the show’s two female leads. ”We have no knowledge about this,” says a network spokesman. ”All we can say is anything delivered to us will have to comply with our BS and P (Broadcast Standards and Practices code).”

Bochco, who wouldn’t comment, normally is outspoken about the networks’ need to get bolder in the late prime-time hours to combat cable (Entertainment Weekly, #141). But racy doesn’t always mean higher ratings: While Hemingway’s highly publicized stunt spurred a one-week jump of 1.1 million viewers, Wars continues to struggle in the Nielsens.

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