CAGNEY & LACEY…AND ME by Barney Rosenzweig


An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde
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A memoir for hardcore fans of Cagney & Lacey, penned by its former producer.

From 1982 to 1986, the acclaimed TV series was one of CBS’s prime-time anchors, garnering huge audiences, critical plaudits and numerous awards. Producer Rosenzweig was there from the beginning to the bitter end. The author adored the show; it was his baby, and he made certain that everything about it–the writing, acting, casting and costumes–met with his exacting standards. His love for the show was so enduring that more than 20 years after it was cancelled, he was compelled to share the entire experience in a lengthy memoir. Though the author’s heart is in the right place, the book is detailed to the point of tedium: Each battle with the network, financial negotiation, encounter with the actors and the writing staff is related in painful detail. The book is written in bite-size, episodic chapters, which makes the narrative uneven, and the prose is often clumsy–“Scoff and titter are not commonplace verbs in my vocabulary. They are the only terms I can conjure to portray the behavior to which I felt I was being exposed.” Readers won’t begrudge Rosenzweig for sharing his moment in the sun with the TV-watching public. His passion for the show and television in general is palpable, and this book might well inspire budding producers to follow their aspirations.

The audience for this long-winded but well-meaning memoir will consist of TV-biz nerds and Cagney & Lacey devotees.

Pub Date: Dec. 26th, 2006
ISBN: 978-0-595-41193-2
Program: Kirkus Indie
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