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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Okay, Now I am Happy!

Oh how I loved this show.... a long time ago, I registered at Amazon to be notified when this series was finally released on DVD! I am thrilled that it will soon be in my hot (okay, none of me is very warm today! Brrrr) little (and, to be truthful, none of me is exactly little...) hands. (Hey...I DO have hands you know!)
Saturday, February 17, 2007 Groundbreaking 'Cagney & Lacey'
is headed for DVD
By ERIN CARLSON
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
It has been a long while since Tyne Daly has seen an episode of "Cagney & Lacey," her 1980s police drama about a female detective duo fighting crime in a man's world. "I haven't seen it for 17 years or whatever it's been," Daly, who played Mary Beth Lacey, told The Associated Press this week. "Eighteen years? Twenty-five years? ... So, you know, I haven't seen them in a very, very long time, but walking down the street in New York City I still get 'Cagney and Lacey' instead of, you know, other stuff I've done." The series, which featured Sharon Gless as Chris Cagney, will mark its 25th anniversary on May 8 with the DVD release of the show's first season. The four-disc package, from MGM Home Entertainment, also contains a two-part documentary and commentary from Gloria Steinem, who championed the show for featuring women in roles that typically went to men. "I'll be really interested to see if anybody wants to see them again," said Daly, 60. "Cagney & Lacey," which ran on CBS from 1982 to 1988, had a "dramatic" start, she recalled. The show was canceled at the end of its first season, only to be recalled by CBS after devoted fans flooded the network with letters. The show went on to win 14 Emmys, including four for Daly and two for Gless. "It changed the history of television for women," Gless said. "Absolutely changed it." Gless, 63, said she has "never seen a better female character" than Cagney, who struggled with alcoholism and man troubles. "She was ambitious, very strong," she said. "She was very complicated. She was kind of screwed up. Had a lousy attitude, hated authority. She was not what one would ever consider a hero, and that's why I love her. But she was. She was just very, very real." People connected with the show, Daly said, because "they weren't getting told stories that were primarily about women. ... We didn't tell stories that were about them as much, unless they were the victims."
Now content as a "lady of leisure," Daly, the daughter of the late actor James Daly and the sister of actor Tim Daly, looks back on the show as "a good job." Gless, who recently starred on Showtime's "Queer as Folk," was lured by "the best material." "I took the part because I thought it was a great script," said Gless. "I didn't take it because I wanted to be a role model for the '80s, you know, which is what happened. "I mean, I think I can speak for Tyne, if anybody had come up to us and said, 'How would you two women like to be role models for the '80s?' (then), I would have run in the other direction," she said.

8 comments:

Allison Andrews said...

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moderncountry said...

You have a very funny and special site :) I think you have a great sence of humour. Have a nice weekend, graatings from a Norwegian girl who lives in The Netherlands

carolyn said...

That is a blast from the past I had forgotten all about this show.

Dawn Bibbs said...

I remember this show!!! I think it's the one that has been replaced by Law & Order...RIGHT? :-) Which I LOVE, BTW!
Cagney & Lacy was one of those shows that slowly faded away and then after a few years you finally notice that it hasn't been on...in a few years...LOL.
I'm excited for you. I'm SURE you'll let us know when you get it. Have a great weekend.

Andi said...

I remember watching this show! After reading your post I checked out Amazon myself for another rather short lived television program I simply adored that Tyne Daly was in called "Christy". Looks like the complete series will be released next month on DVD so I placed my order. Now I'm so excited that I'll be able to watch those programs again. It was filmed around Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the countryside in the show is so beautiful.

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Hugs, Andi

jafabrit said...

I used to really enjoy watching that show and yes, I thought it had some really good script writing.

Oh how nice to snuggle down to a fave dvd collection. My fave is BBC's IClaudious and the original Forsythe Saga series (well amongst others).

enjoying the snow yet ;)

Kentucky Gal said...

My all time favorite show of the '80's...I would put the kids to bed, pop a tub of popcorn...back when you had to do it in a pot on the stove and then curl up to watch it!!!
Boy howdy...gonna get me those DVD's!!
:-D

Marilyn said...

I loved Cagney & Lacey, also loved Tyne Daly in Judging Amy. She matured very well! I love the fact that she always has played "normal sized" women.