Bochco Makes Book on It

Jul 21, 2003  •  Post A Comment

Steven Bochco, co-creator of “NYPD Blue,” and many other acclaimed series over the years, has written his first novel, “Death by Hollywood,” which will be published by Random House in September. It started as a movie idea, became a short story and then, at the suggestion of his friend and collaborator David Milch, became a novel. “I wrote it in four months, and it was the most fun I ever had in my whole life as a writer,” said Mr. Bochco. “It’s smart, funny and has a very clever plot. It’s got murder, sex. It’s got writers and cops. It’s got a very amusing, cynical point of view.”
Mr. Bochco has also adapted it as a movie script, which he will market later this year. In the meanwhile, he is also excited about “Marriage,” his new one-hour drama for HBO. “There’s nothing like it on TV,” he said. “It’s adult, intimate and sexy, but it’s mature married sex.” He praised HBO for giving him creative freedom, and he said it could never air on a broadcast network in its current form: “If you had to conform it to what their standards are, it would be banal.”