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Uncuffed copshow creator craves new court.

Steven Bochco is looking for a new Hollywood home. The producer behind "NYPD Blue" and "Hill Street Blues" is shopping around for an overall production deal now that the three-series pact he inked with CBS in late 1995 is drawing to a close.

Paramount and NBC Studios are said to be the leading contenders for Bochco's services. While a deal is expected to come together soon, sources stress that Bochco is still fielding a number of offers.

Bochco's union with CBS has generated some friction over the past three years and, thus far, no hits of the "NYPD Blue" caliber.

The partnership got off to a rocky start in 1996 when Bochco's "Public Morals," a comedy revolving around vice cops, raised hackles among TV station operators in Middle America for its racy tone and salty language. The show was yanked after just a few airings.

"Brooklyn South," Bochco's second stab at a CBS copshow, also never got past its freshman year. But the third time just may be the charm. "City of Angels," a drama set in an inner-city Los Angeles hospital, is skedded to bow in January, toplined by Blair Underwood.

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Author:Adalian, Josef; Littleton, Cynthia
Publication:Variety
Date:Jun 21, 1999
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