And we see that the similarity between Michael and [his newly separated client] Claire.
Sure. That’s a big reason why we wanted a character like Claire in there, but also just to expand the world – I mean, not just about gay people. And I love writing female characters, so I couldn’t do a show like this and not have Claire – played by Marcia Gay Harden, who is just a gift and a national treasure, as far as I’m concerned. . I wanted to draw that parallel, but also be able to tell someone else’s story because breakups are just—they’re common.
Right. But at the same time, I’m old enough to remember when it was a reported news story that the kiss between Matt and a friend of Billy’s was cut from the end of Season 2 of Melrose Place. And now today, we’re seeing Michael go rogue with different men, he’s talking about Grindr, and there’s a scene with the dermatologist that will be memorable. When you started working at Fox, did you ever think that these are the odd aspects of life that would be portrayed on TV at all, never mind in a project you work on?
From that point, 30 years ago to now, 100%, absolutely. The world has moved. And even when Matt Fielding is in Melrose PlaceI would say there is a relatively hypocritical stance in Hollywood, where gay people live their lives in a very open way, but when it comes to advertisers and talking about it with Central Americans, a curtain the company’s iron has dropped. says, “We’re not going to really dramatize your life facts right now because we’re afraid of advertisers.”
That was 30 years ago. After gay marriage and everything, I think the world is ready for a show like this.
One of the hottest shows of this summer so far is Bear, located at a restaurant. You have to get to that setting first with Kitchen secret. [Star’s Bradley Cooper-starring adaptation of Anthony Bourdain’s classic memoir was canceled midway through its first season.]There are stories that you especially hope to tell if you have more time Kitchen secret?
Well, I think the problem with Kitchen secret in the end it was on the wrong network. It’s on a broadcast network. All the things we can’t say are exactly what we mean in a show like Kitchen secret. So Fox, at the time, was so eager to get it on the air, they were quick to rescind it as soon as there were no ratings. Network TV is a ratings-dependent business. And that’s despite the show starring Bradley Cooper – who I have so much faith in and trust, and I feel so lucky to have worked with him because I know he’s going to be a star. big star. It’s disappointing not to have the opportunity to tell the stories the way we really want to tell them. It could be a different story than that show on HBO or Showtime. But I look forward to seeing Bearbecause it looks like they actually got it right.
You created Beverly Hills, 90210, one of the oldest teen dramas in television history. Do you keep an eye on what’s going on in that genre of film, as a creator on television or as a father to a two-year-old?
No, I’m afraid to see. Being a father until my teenage years, I was a little nervous watching HBO shows. Now I just fill in its name.
Happiness. Everyone talks about it, but it just makes me nervous just looking at it. I don’t really follow the genre. I mean, except for the fact that I will watching Happinessjust to see how scary things really are.
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