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Tv: ‘Intercourse within the Metropolis’ creator Bushnell writes the story, then leaves it as much as others for the present | Weekend

Candace Bushnell primarily writes books.

Her stories and characters have become the basis of several television shows, the most notable of which is HBO’s “Sex and the City,” one of the few comedies included when listing landmark cable shows but Bushnell says she had relatively little and wanted to work with programs with their book titles.

“Television is so different from what I prefer to write,” Bushnell told the press gathered at New Hope’s Bucks County Playhouse, where she will appear in a solo show about her life and literary career in June. “I’ve never felt at home in a writer’s room. I am a professional writer. It is my job to write at least six hours a day. By that I mean sitting alone and creating books. The television writes from the committee, and I don’t care. It’s more boring and more frustrating than anything else. “

Bushnell was in the writer’s room for the first episodes of Sex and the City, and Lorin Lotarro, the director of “Is There Still Sex In The City?” Which is set in New Hope from June 22nd to July 18th , shared an anecdote about Bushnell’s first day on Sex and the City when she opened a script, saw the line “The Women’s Store at Bloomingdale’s,” crossed out the name of that store and wrote “GUCCI”. GUCCI. GUCCI. ” at his place.

I suspect Lotarro, an artistic collaborator at the Playhouse and a top Broadway choreographer-director (“Waitress” and “Mrs. Doubtfire”), knew this from working with Bushnell on the world premiere of “Is There Still Sex in the City.” “? “Who, according to Bucks County’s production manager Alex Fraser, will be working on the script, which may change from day to day as the run progresses.

Bushnell, who has a number of bestsellers from the 1990s, added perspective when she said it would be unprofitable for her to write a TV screenplay for $ 20,000 when her books are making exponentially more and her agents and Make publishers quite happy.

A main theme of Bushnell’s works, which deal with complex and practical issues in a sleek, refined style, is that women are independent and free to rely not only on men for financial support, but also on the perceptions, Demands and attitudes of men towards women. It became clear, unless specifically stated, that “Is there life in town after sex?” The Bushnell’s life since arriving in New York from her hometown of Connecticut with $ 20 in her pocket and an ambition to burn Avoiding traps of patriarchy and consistency with images expected of men will often flow into it.

“Friends of mine really have a hard time not judging themselves through a male lens or taking their measurements on a male meter,” says Bushnell. “I find more meaning in what I do and it took me a lot of time figuring out who I was before there were boys to think about.

“We all unconsciously do what society tells us to do, in accordance with society’s expectations. It’s important to take stock and do what you want. “

Bushnell adds that by the age of 50, society acts like thoughts about sex and other important aspects of life should go away.

She, 62 years old, avoids this and says that she stands for a revitalization of life, regardless of age. “We have been taught that life is like an arrow moving straight and straight. I see it more as a circle that rolls along and doubles. “

Someone who insists their characters shop at Gucci must have a fashion sense, and Bushnell shows up in a blue dress that shimmers and shows purple highlights under the pink lights of the BCP stage. Her shoes, five inch high heels in a candy pink by Tamara Mellon, once a designer for Jimmy Choo.

Returning to writing, Bushnell said in an interview in the sidebar that she had written, “Is there still sex in town?” as a play because it was a form she had never dealt with before.

“I’ve given a lot of lectures, speeches, personal appearances, and signatures, but I wanted to do something in scripts that would express my experiences over the past few decades.”

Returning to television, Bushnell said she was pleased with how Darren Star and others involved in ‘Sex and the City’ developed the show, based on her 1997 book of the same name, and her career as a freelance writer and writer Columnist reflected.

Bushnell says it has nothing to do with the upcoming reboot of Sex and the City, which will feature three of the show’s original stars, but not Kim Cattrall as Samantha or Chris Noth as Mr. Big.

The Bucks County Playhouse only seats 96 people per performance of “Is There Life After Sex in the City?” Buying in groups makes the process easier. Tickets are already in demand, so interested parties should reserve them soon.

‘Good Day Philadelphia’ makes the flipping stop

Morning TV is generally so vapid and boring that I usually resort to reruns of “Perry Mason” and “Matlock” on MeTV when I want to eat some veggies in the morning

Then one day last week, I scurried through the stations and stopped when I heard a smart, articulate adult conversation among the hosts of Good Day Philadelphia, Karen Hepp, Alex Holley, and Thomas Drayton. The topic was whether “me too” or “ditto” is a correct answer to “I love you,” and it flowed easily with no hint of self-esteem or forced attempts to be smart or funny. I liked it so much that I adjusted to it the next day, and Hepp, Holley and Drayton caught my attention again with the help of Mikemate Sue Serio.

Now I have to remember to tune into Channel 29 at 11:30 PM and watch a program where Holley and Drayton talk to each other about events of the day. Could my antidote be to Colbert, Kimmel, and Fallon?

Just one thing. In the morning “Good Day” grabbed me, Holley, Hepp, Serio and Jennaphr Fredericks all wore the same shade of royal blue. Coincidence? I would say yes, but a scary one.

Too much editing on channel 10

It was only one word, “actually,” said in the relationship of a news story, but the inclusion of that “actually” symbolized everything that is wrong with television news coverage today.

This “crept” when Channel 10 news anchor Lucy Bustamante said a Minneapolis coroner testified that George Floyd died of asphyxiation of murder or manslaughter during the trial of his accused murderer, former police officer Dennis Chauvin . Bustamante then read: “The defense ‘actually’ said Floyd died of a heart attack.”

Chauvin’s defense team said so, but the “actually”, especially as it was read with a twinkle in the eye by Bustamante, added a note of smug and filthy sarcasm to the report, the very kind of writing and editing that suggests television news channels are on Take sides deliver the news.

It’s a small thing, but I prefer more purity over outright bias. The story would have been just as informative and effective if “actually” had been omitted.

Channel 10 isn’t the only news outlet guilty of such viewer guidance, but it’s a perfect example of an epidemic problem that writers, producers, and presenters should avoid rather than illustrate.

Some Oscar notes

One of my favorite nights of every year is April 25th – Oscar night.

This year’s Oscar awards, dubbed the 2021 award but really images released for 2020, will air at 8 p.m. on ABC (Channel 6). Nominees, presenters and performers will be present in person. The producers do not allow zooming. Measuring the temperature and taking other precautions should be able to protect the living participants from COVID.

I usually give a detailed look at the six main categories to provide background information to readers who haven’t seen the nominated films and performances. This year I’m using a shorthand that I’ve seen everyone in this great group of applicants list them in the order I would give the predicted recipient’s award in bold.

  • BEST PICTURE: The father, promising young woman, Nomad land, Sound of Metal, Judas and the Black Messiah, The Trial of Chicago 7, Minari, Mank.
  • BEST ACTOR: Anthony Hopkins, the father; Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal; Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s black bum;; Gary Oldman, Mank; Steven Yeun, Minari.
  • BEST ACTRESS: Carey Mulligan, promising young woman;; Frances McDormand, Nomadland; Andra Day, USA v Billie Holiday; Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman; Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s black bum.
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah;; Paul Raci, Sound of Metal; Sacha Baron Cohen, The Chicago Trial 7; Lakeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah; Leslie Odom Jr., one night in Miami.
  • THE BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent film; Amanda Seyfried, Mank; Olivia Colman, the father; Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari;; Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy.
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Chloe Zhao, nomad land;; Emerald Fennell, promising young woman; Thomas Vinterberg, another round; Lee Isaac Chung, Minari; David Fincher, Mank.

Neal Zoren’s television column appears every Monday.