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New Showtime Series to Explore Studio 54

A new dramatic series, Studio, written by Chad Hodge and produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, will explore a fictional nightclub much like the legendary Studio 54 of the 70's but is not meant to be a documentary. The nightclub's co-founder Steve Rubell, however, will be depicted in the series,which is in development at Showtime:

54"Rubell will be the only real person featured, with the rest of the characters fictional or composites. 'The show is less about the history of Studio 54 than it is about New York in the late '70s, what people were going through, the political and social issues,' Hodge said. 'Studio 54 is the backdrop for exploring that.'...Hodge penned 'Studio' on spec and took it to Zadan and Meron, who had given him his first writing job on their ABC series 'Veritas.' Zadan and Meron, who had gone to Studio 54 with friend Liza Minnelli, loved the idea. 'It really was a time that has never been seen again,' Zadan said. 'Socially, politically, everything about it was unique.' Added Meron: 'It was the last hurrah before the era of AIDS.'...'Studio' also will tap Zadan and Meron's strong musical background. 'Music is going to be a very big part of the show,' Meron said. Because of Studio 54's history of hedonism -- it was notorious for rampant sex and drug use -- Hodge, Zadan and Meron took the project to Showtime, where they felt they could best tell the gritty story."

Bryan Singer is being pursued to direct the pilot.

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  1. Really? Who cares?

    Posted by: Br!on | Jul 28, 2008 7:04:59 PM

  2. I was a bit too young for Studio, but from what I've been told, it was tired. A bunch of celebs doing blow and smooching one another's egos who couldn't dance their way out of a paper bag.
    The Saint and Zenon were so better, not to mention Trocadero, featuring the legendary Bobby V. The music and the dance were everything. And there's never been, and never will be, a club to compare. They say the circuit is ok, if you're into ODs and that weird electro AM teen pop.

    Posted by: WillBFair | Jul 28, 2008 8:01:24 PM

  3. I guess I do, I'll watch.

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 28, 2008 9:09:42 PM

  4. No wonder venereal diseases, including AIDS, spiked around or shortly after this period. When you have large groups of people engaging in animalistic sex with complete strangers from far-flung corners of the globe, it's a recipe for disaster. Irresponsible behavior leads to negative consequences.

    I truly think a lot of gay and bi men had mistaken gay rights for sleaze rights. They used the gay rights banner to justify sexual recklessness. And they used the gay rights banner to insulate themselves from criticism that normally applies to others, such as heterosexuals who might engage in similar conduct.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 29, 2008 12:24:33 AM

  5. Jason each time you post you continue to prove just what a HUGE idiot you really are.

    My guess is you are a heavy set, self loathing individual who has not gotten laid in a very long time.

    You would never guess you were a gay man from the shit that you spew...

    Posted by: Derek | Jul 29, 2008 3:36:10 AM

  6. Hmmmm...I don't know if this dramatic series show will fly. It has been impossible to portray an accurate reflection of the Studio 54 experience in the past. I have great difficulty explaining the "feeling" of that place. And it wasn't because I was too high or stoned. The fact is, being at the "Studio" was an EXPERIENCE. Unless you were actually there during its heyday you will never know what it was like. And it will be boring to watch on TV.
    If this series is actually about life in NYC in the late 70's, and if it is accurately portrayed, that may be something to watch. I have a feeling that much will be edited out. But if it is being developed by Showtime we might be surprised.
    Many of the people at the Studio in the late 70's grew up in or just after the era of free-love/flower-power when peace ruled and personal/sexual exporation was a positive experience.
    Today's conservative (as another poster mentioned - responsable) public will have difficulty with this and they may not watch.

    Posted by: excy | Jul 29, 2008 9:10:39 AM

  7. Derek -- When you write crap like this:

    "My guess is you are a heavy set, self loathing individual who has not gotten laid in a very long time."

    you not only stoop to Jason's level, but best him when it comes to ignorant prejudices.

    Posted by: Marty | Jul 29, 2008 10:16:16 AM

  8. hopefully they can track down that hunky peg-legged guy that would dance on the speakers.
    and they should consult with Jay Alexander (A.N.T.M. judge)

    Willbfair: Xenon, with an X... one of the all-time great club names (right up there with "Interferon") meanwhile, The Saint was entirely one-dimensional whereas Studio was incredible because of its variety.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 29, 2008 11:02:55 AM

  9. I think this is a dicey idea--how much drugging, drinking and whatnot can people handle on a weekly basis? Even "Queer As Folk" knew better than to set every episode at Babylon. I think a much better idea would be to snag "Swingtown" if it doesn't fly on CBS, and move it to cable where they can be much franker with the sex, drug use, etc. It's a beautifully acted show that deserves a wider audience.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 29, 2008 11:16:34 AM

  10. Why only have Rubell as a character -- he was a boring money guy. The interesting people were the jet setters and street hustlers... mingling.

    Posted by: Rubell the boring | Jul 29, 2008 1:14:35 PM

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