Sex and marriage usually go together, but sometimes they can prove to be
mutually exclusive. Time will tell if that's Home Box Office's fate with a
couple of its series.
HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht announced Tuesday that the network will
begin shooting next year on Marriage, a co-production with Steven Bochco
Productions, which will bow in 2004.
The 13-episode series will be created, written and executive-produced by
Alison Cross and Bochco, whose credits include NYPD Blue, L.A. Law
and Hill Street Blues.
A total of 13 episodes have been ordered of the drama, which will focus on a
couple and their strong union while examining the tensions, conflicts and crises
inherent to their relationship.
Set in New York, the series will take place in the bedroom, bathroom and a
closet. A network spokesman said those perspectives will provide a voyeuristic
sense of how a couple deals with each other and their marriage. As such,
Marriage may be construed as having reality-series overtones.
Meanwhile, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon (Miranda), speaking on
a Fox News Channel morning show Monday, said the comedy's next season -- its
sixth -- would be its last.
Production on the show may resume in February, after both Nixon -- who is
scheduled to give birth to her second child in December -- and Sarah Jessica
Parker (Carrie Bradshaw), who gave birth to a son last month, return from
maternity leave. The series could return next summer.
An HBO spokesman said, 'No decision has been made on the future of the