Skip to content, or skip to search.

Skip to content, or skip to search.

Fast Talk: TV Producer David Milch

The NYPD Blue creator's new series, Big Apple, premieres on CBS this Thursday.

ShareThis

Q: Big Apple doesn't sound like the name of a rough-and-tumble cop show. A: It's the fruit of the tree of knowledge. It's about three different cultures -- the NYPD, the FBI, and the criminal world. Each deals with the exile from the garden, the loss of innocence. Q: Does the city represent that loss of innocence? A: We show New York as the embodied human experiment. One of the characters says, "It's open 24 hours a day -- finding out what you're ready for." Q: Have you liked shooting here? A: It sucks. I've got a wife and three kids in L.A. They've each come to visit me in rotation. Q: You're going up against ER -- how psyched are you? A: I'm not. I'm appalled at the prospect of all the work I have to do. Q: How's a cop show different from, say, a hospital drama? A: You know the Stockholm Syndrome? People like to sympathize with their captors, and viewers need to idealize institutions -- whether it's a hospital or a police station -- that give them uneasiness. Other shows stay at that level, presenting idealized characters. But the challenge is to move past that. Q: You went to Yale with George W. Bush. Was he more like Sipowicz or Rick Schroder? A: He was a nice enough guy, but I'm not the best witness -- I was drunk most of the time.


Related:

Advertising
Current Issue
Subscribe to New York
Subscribe

Give a Gift

Advertising