NYC 22

My agent sent over a pilot script titled ROOKIES. I saw “written by Richard Price” on the title page, and my heart pumped a little faster. Richard is a major New York literary figure and brilliant screenwriter. I had long been a fan of his work, and after reading the pilot, hoped I’d get hired on the show. Happily, I did.

The eight months I spent working on the show were a marvelous time. Although I’m often in New York, and felt I never really left it when Ted and I relocated to Los Angeles, having an apartment and living the daily life again was at once familiar and new. My sublet at 62nd and Broadway was halfway between our studio at Chelsea Piers and locations in Harlem.

In hours away from the studio, I saw 23 Broadway shows and 10 off-Broadway, and spent time with friends and family. I was in Heaven.

Ken Sanzel, the showrunner, had been a New York transit cop. The series was produced by Tribeca Film; Jane Rosenthal was intensely involved with production. Robert DeNiro was a guiding presence over the enterprise, always surprisingly shy and unfailingly polite whenever he popped into our offices or the set. This series had authenticity.

There’s nothing more exciting than shooting in New York City. I loved it. Rain, shine, traffic, cold, heat… the crews have seen it all and always deliver. The pool of talent in New York – in front of and behind the camera – is astonishing. It was a thrill.

We had some of the usual new series bumps along the way, and it took a few episodes for everyone to find the groove of the show. I wish we’d had more of a chance on the air to find an audience. I’m proud of the work we did and grateful for the opportunity to have been part of it.

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    David Rambo's director’s chair
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    Post-It notes of story ideas on the office wall
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    In front of a Harlem mural
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    NYC 22 crew on location
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    Robert Kelly, David Rambo, Daniel Sauli, Stark Sands, Alligator, Harold "House" Moore, Berto Colon. Horizontal: Director Martha Mitchell
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    With guest star Richard Kind in a subway