Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-04-26
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Cagney & Lacey series out on DVD
From a news release
2012-11-15

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Long before Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU) or Catherine Willows (Marge Helgenberger, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) eschewed feminine wiles and employed their smarts to break barriers and muscle their way onto the elite, male-dominated detective squad, there was Cagney & Lacey, the landmark show that paved the way.

Now, for the 30th anniversary celebration of the hit show's television premiere, the complete series starring

Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless (seasons two through seven) will be released for the first time in any home entertainment format in a special collector's set, Cagney & Lacey: The Complete Series (32 discs, 119 episodes, 93+ hours).

Also available, online only (see www.cagneyandlacey.com ) is a special 30th anniversary limited-edition collector's set (38 discs), with an additional 29 hours (approx.) of special features, including: the feature-length, made-for-television, 1981 film of the same name, starring Loretta Swit as Cagney and with Daly originating the role of Lacey, from which the series was spun off; the series' premiere season (six episodes) with Meg Foster as Cagney; four made-for-TV films, which aired after the series finale, The Return (1994), Together Again (1995), The View Through the Glass Ceiling (1995) and True Convictions (1996) ; exclusive, personal interviews with Gless (who assumed the role of Cagney in season two), Daly and series' producer, two-time Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Barney Rosenzweig; footage from the British Film Institute's recent 30th anniversary celebration event; the audiobook (12 hours) of Rosenzweig's book, Cagney & Lacey … and Me: An Inside Hollywood Story OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blonde. Additionally, enclosed is a fan photo personally autographed by Daly and Gless.

Cagney & Lacey — which aired on CBS for seven seasons (1981-88) — was not only an enormously popular series that set entertainment industry standards and broke records, but was groundbreaking in its impact on women's issues and other provocative topics (off-limits on most shows of the day) such as sexuality, equal pay, workplace ethics and politics, sexual harassment, domestic violence, date rape, incest, breast cancer, abortion, illegal immigration, addiction and other complex social/personal themes. Frequently controversial, the show fought a virtually ongoing battle with the network's standards and practices office.

Featuring two women as the central characters was a pretty "far-out" concept in 1981 … But the iconic crime drama hit a nerve, becoming so much a part of the era's lexicon that it was utilized to illustrate liberal, feminist stories on such hard-hitting news shows as 60 Minutes, Nightline and CBS Reports. The characters were so engrained in pop culture that, years after the show's finale, the international media even referred to political mavericks Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) as "Senate's Cagney & Lacey."

Although CBS announced plans to cancel the show — not once but three times — fiercely loyal fans' letter campaign protests (an effort promoted by the National Organization for Women, among others) prompted the network to reconsider … But with Gless then joining the cast as Cagney. The series went on to draw 30 million viewers a week and garnered 36 Emmy Award nominations and 14 wins — including two for "Best Drama Series" and combined "Best Actress" wins for six years in a row, a streak unmatched to this day in any major category — as well as two Golden Globe Awards and a host of other honors.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it "… deservedly, one of the most widely discussed programs in television history." Wrote The Telegraph (London) about a reunion celebration last year in the U.K. (where the show was equally popular), "The near-hysteria and deep affection are testament to the success of the series. It was, and remains, quite something: One of the very few popular shows on television ever to show real women living real lives and coping with real problems."

In Cagney & Lacey, Christine Cagney (Gless) and Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) are New York City police detectives who lead very different lives. Both are tough and street smart, but Gless is a single, career-minded woman, while Lacey (who has a softer side) is a married mother, juggling family and work, along with the resulting guilt. Set in Manhattan's 14th Precinct (Midtown South) the crime-solving duo maintain a close camaraderie both on and off the job. As they track down clues — despite obstacles imposed on women of the era — the series also tackles social and/or personal issues each episode that were considered taboo on other shows of the day and were frequently controversial.

The Cagney & Lacey: 30th Anniversary Limited-Edition Collector's Set was curated by Rosenzweig, who laughs, "Without Cagney and Lacey, there never would have been a Thelma and Louise, Kate and Allie or Murphy Brown. There is no truth to the rumor that I once claimed that without this dynamic duo there never would have been an Eleanor Roosevelt, but still ... Well, I'm just sayin' ..."

About Visual Entertainment, Inc:

Visual Entertainment, Inc. (VEI) releases contemporary and classic television programming, across a wide variety of genres, on DVD and Blu-ray. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, VEI boasts a library of 80 titles, licensed from Universal/NBC, MGM, CBS and ITV, among others. VEI serves the collectible, fan marketplace with contemporary hit series (Hell's Kitchen), popular classic series (Cagney & Lacey, McMillan & Wife, Diagnosis Murder), hard-to-find television (The Invisible Man), cult (Earthworm Jim); and more. Visit us online at: www.visualentertainment.tv


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Proposal would roll back existing net neutrality rules, Madigan responds 2017-04-27 - Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today condemned the FCC Chairman's proposal to roll back existing net neutrality rules that would allow internet ...


Gay News

YouTube unblocks wrongly restricted LGBTQ videos, GLSEN responds 2017-04-26 - The following statement can be attributed to GLSEN's Executive Director, Eliza Byard: "YouTube has become a vital lifeline to information for ...


Gay News

RuPaul, Grimm named to TIME 100 list 2017-04-26 - TIME Magazine named entertainer RuPaul and trans activist Gavin Grimm to the 2017 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Eugenio Derbez speeds into Chicago 2017-04-26 - Eugenio Derbez has risen to be one of the most influential forces in Latin America as an actor, writer, producer and director. Now ...


Gay News

Entertainment news: 'Feud,' Jackie Warner, Luke Evans, Laverne Cox 2017-04-25 - Fans of Ryan Murphy's Feud: Bette and Joan have come to learn all about the tumultuous and tense relationship between Bette Davis and ...


Gay News

Entertainment: VH1 slate, Kristen Stewart, 'Stranger Things,' Morrissey 2017-04-18 - VH1 has unveiled its 2017-18 slate, Deadline noted. It includes a season-10 renewal of recent transplant RuPaul's Drag Race for premiere in March ...


Gay News

'Survivor' outing generates controversy 2017-04-13 - On the April 12 episode of the longtime CBS show Survivor, Jeff Varner outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender—and that move sparked ...


Gay News

NUNN ON ONE: TV Ann Mahoney, from 'Walking Dead' to 'Sun Records' 2017-04-11 - Actress Ann Mahoney shot into the spotlight on the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, playing the a lesbian character named Olivia. Before ...


Gay News

Boy Butter ad banned in Chicago 2017-04-03 - A commercial for lubricant Boy Butter is reportedly not airing in Chicago. Unicorn Booty noted that company founder Eyal Feldman wrote on ...


Gay News

Entertainment news: Zachary Quinto, 'Walking Dead,' Prince, Lady Gaga 2017-03-28 - Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Julianne Nicholson are set to star in Who We Are Now, the follow-up movie for writer-director Matthew Newton ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 


Sponsor

Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.