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A Toast to the Greatest Cop Show Time Forgot – Sept 30, 2017

A Toast to the Greatest Cop Show Time Forgot

by Karen Han – The Daily Beast – September 30, 2017

Happy 10th, ‘Life’

On its tenth anniversary, it only seems fair to give ‘Life’ another day in court.

Damian Lewis as Charlie Crews in Life – Source: NBC & Daily Beast

Life is a difficult name to live up to. There’s the board game, there’s the cereal, there’s the thing itself—and then there’s the TV show. The series, created by Rand Ravich, ran for two seasons and a total of 32 episodes from September 2007 to April 2009. Over the course of its run, it didn’t quite seem to gain any real traction; much of what was said about it was less original observation and more comparison to other shows, specifically Monk and House, which also followed a procedural structure and featured a straight man/weird man routine. Unfortunately, Life hasn’t fared much better in the decade that’s passed since the pilot. The only context in which it’s been mentioned has—in a stroke of irony—been in reference to its generic name. But even just a quick survey of the show will make it clear that Life is far from generic.

The show centered on Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis), a detective recently reinstated after serving 12 years out of a life sentence for a triple murder he didn’t commit. He was partnered with Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), a recovering alcoholic and drug addict working her way back into the good graces of the department. While the show followed the typical “cop show” template of solving a murder each week, it also set up a larger arc: that of Crews’ solo investigation into who’d actually committed the triple murder, and why he’d been set up to take the fall.

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Categories Homeland Interviews Life Media Print Media

Sydney Morning Herald interview

 

THE premise is intriguing. A United States marine, missing in action for eight years and presumed dead, is rescued from a terrorist compound. He has been held hostage by al-Qaeda for all that time.

Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody returns to the US initially as a hero. Yet it quickly becomes clear life has changed. His wife has been sleeping with his best friend; his children barely know him; and a CIA operations officer is convinced he has returned home converted to the ways of al-Qaeda.

Based on Israeli show Hatufim, the riveting Homeland is comfortably the year’s best-credentialled new American series.

The returning soldier is played by British actor Damian Lewis; the CIA officer so obsessed by him that she fills his home with Big Brother-style cameras to monitor his activities by Claire Danes; and her mentor by veteran actor Mandy Patinkin.

For the London-based Lewis, Homeland marks a return to American television after the demise of Life, a critically adored but ratings-challenged cop show set in Los Angeles.

Although it made it to a second season, Life was criminally underrated by viewers. The show focused on Charlie Crews, an LA detective framed for his friend’s family’s murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was released after 12 years and set about finding who entrapped him.

At the time, it stood out in the American network landscape. It was smart, thoughtful, well-written and looked terrific, capturing a side of LA rarely portrayed on TV.

Lewis describes the show as something of a bittersweet experience. ”I’m very sad Life wasn’t a big hit,” he says. ”But it was undone by politics at NBC. It was intense. I moved my wife and we had two children back to back. So working those hours and living abroad in LA was a handful. But it was a great experience. I keep bumping into people who say they loved it and refer to it being an unusual, quirky and slightly more sophisticated cop show.”

After Life was cancelled, Lewis returned to England and reassessed his work-life balance.

”It’s not a good quality of life working on a TV show 75 hours a week, even though the work is hugely satisfying and [financially] rewarding,” he says. ”If I didn’t have to work in the relentless network TV schedule again, I wouldn’t.”

Yet here he is sitting in a trailer in North Carolina, a long way from home. There was, he insists, a caveat to his previous declaration.

 

Read the full interview at smh.com.au.

Categories Band of Brothers Life Richard Winters Stolen

Richard Winters Leadership Project update

  • Cast members from Band of Brothers will be be reuniting to

    jump out of planes (!) later this year in aid of the Richard Winters

    Leadership Project, a campaign to raise money for a monument in

    Normandy in honor of the late Major Winters. Over 20 cast members

    have committed to the event. To learn more, visit

    the Jumping for Heroes blog.

    Click here at the Tim Gray Media website

    to learn more about the Richard Winters Leadership Project.

  • Damian Lewis was interviewed at the BBC TV Centre on Friday, most likley promotional work for the upcoming BBC television film Stolen. Journalist Ian Wylie tweeted about it on his blog. Thanks to Chantal and Ann for the headsup.
  • Life: Season 1 wil begin airing weekly on the German

    channel Vox beginning February 28th at 10:05pm. Thanks to Manuela for the info.

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Giovanni’s Room update


  • The BBC Radio 3 drama Giovanni’s Room is now available for listening online to listeners worldwide here on the BBC website. Update: Download here.

  • The New Zealand channel TV3 is now broacasting Season 2 of Life Tuesday evenings at 11:25 pm. Thanks to Ann for this info!

  • Got some time on your hands? Go vote for Damian Lewis as Your Favorite British Gent at the latest Hollywood Spy Blog poll! 😀

Categories Events Life Misc

‘Life’ broadcast in Australia

  • Damian Lewis fans in Australia: Life is now airing weeknights at 7:30pm
    on the pay channel 13th Street. More details here on the 13th Street website. Thanks to Jen for the headsup!

  • Soccer Aid 2010 update: Actor Michael Sheen and Manchester United star Ryan Giggs have been added to the Rest of the World team. The Soccer Aid charity match, which will raise money to benefit UNICEF, will be played in Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and broadcast live on ITV1 on June 6th. More info on the new additions here and here.

  • Helen McCrory, in rehearsals for The Late Middle Classes, was interviewed by critic Mark Shenton on stage at the Donmar Warehouse on May 11th and among other things mentioned that she and “Damian watch hardly any television
    (occasional news), Damian taught her to appreciate film, they go to the
    theatre a lot, they are not planning to live in the States (not for now
    anyway), children keeping them busy, how much she admires Damian as an actor
    (and not just saying that because she’s married to him, she said).” Thanks to Tina for the report! 🙂

    Previews for The Late Middle Classes begin May 27th.