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Ron Livingston: Successful 'Sex' Alumnus

July 24, 2006 5:51 PM

At the press tour session for his new Fox hostage negotiator drama "Standoff" Monday morning, series regular Ron Livingston said his guest stint on HBO's "Sex and the City" was a good career move.
"Being one of Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriends is the romantic lead stamp of approval I didn't walk away with from 'Office Space,'" he said.

One critic asked creator and executive producer Craig Silverstein if he was inspired by the 1980s ABC drama "Moonlighting," which, like "Standoff," involves a working couple juggling their sexual tension with the job.

"I watched a couple 'Moonlighting's' in preparation for this," he said, but noted that series was solely about the characters Dave and Maddie's relationship. "We couldn't get away with 'Moonlighting' anymore. They didn't care about the case."

While many action-heavy series build to the big explosion scenes, "Standoff's" drama and tension will come when big events involving hostages are averted, Silverstein said.
"It's more cerebral action," he said. "It's how do we stop those big sequences from erupting so that when they do, it feels like an even bigger deal."


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