There is really no bigger piece of news than the simple announcement just past that after more than 20 years of trying, the complete Cagney & Lacey series will be put into one package of DVDs for sale as a collectable for our fans. It has been a long time coming and I am more delighted than anyone… well, almost anyone. Of course now comes the real test… just how many of the folks out there will really care and how many of these “units” will be sold by the distributor. It would be fun to see a record-breaking number. It would be delightful to point out this potential success story to a bunch of execs at MGM who have demonstrated little or no interest and to prove the nay-sayers wrong. I will wait and hope. Order as many of these packages as you can find a home for. Christmas is coming, followed by Mom’s or Grandmother’s birthday and, of course, Mother’s Day. It will make a great gift for all the women on your list.
I have had some other gifts of late. Hard to compare the excitement of watching my spouse on the London stage taking a bow before an audience giving her a standing ovation on boards occupied for 25 years by the Royal Shakespeare Company. A Round-Heeled Woman brought her great personal satisfaction and now she moves on back to season six of Burn Notice right here in Miami. Tyne Daly once again wowed the critics opening in London in Master Class the same week Sharon was closing. What a kick for me to have my dynamic duo being the toast of London…. And you have to know that the 30th anniversary celebration given by the British Film Institute honoring Sharon, Tyne and me was… well… more than special. I am hoping we can clear up a few legal issues to have the tape of that evening included in the package of all episodes which we will be soon selling via the Internet.
The grand kids (two of them, anyway) came to Miami for their spring break from school and now that these holidays are coming to a close I am preparing to take a trip out to the West Coast where I will have my right shoulder surgically replaced. I have asked for the Andy Roddick model, but there is no telling just yet how well this will work out for future tennis matches. Fingers… if not shoulders… crossed. And a sad note as I learned this week of the passing of yet another former associate, Academy Award winner (both an Oscar and an Emmy) Neil Travis. He was the film editor for Dances With Wolves (Oscar winner) and for Roots (Emmy award). We worked together on a far less prestigious project called Men of the Dragon about a year before Neil got his Emmy for Roots and a couple of seasons before I got my Emmy nomination for John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. I have a Neil Travis story or two that I like to tell and may do so in a soon-to-come future blog. One of them was in my book, Cagney & Lacey… and Me, until the very last edit. I will dig through those last-minute “lifts” and share it soon. Until then… spread the word about the coming of the complete series on DVD and let us hear from you.