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Six In The City 22.Sep.2006

by Henry Cruz

I want to publicly thank all the folks that e-mailed about lending their voice to this "pretty boring" site (we were blasted with about a hundred e-mails from all over the country).

Earlier this week I posted an ad for other writers to "share their witty brain" -- but faced with a small budget to get out the box we could only take a few of you geniuses to start off with.

My goal here for this site is to keep a personal weekend diary on the making of a short film (an insiders view with funny stories that happen to me) -- but during the week I thought we should offer a forum for a few "chatty Kathy's" to spout off on pop culture and how it effects them.

I like funny and conversational types that could get readers to "come on back" and maybe a sponsor along the way (fingers crossed).

Starting next Monday as one writer put it we will get our "proverbial ducks are all in a nice little row." and take this baby for a test-drive.

I will stay on as editor and offer my few three cents along the way; so, as they say in the biz: "stay tuned."

Speaking of Tuned in...

I DID MORE TV SAMPLING: I watched ABC''s "Six Degrees" because of the great cast, J.J. Abrams (from "Alias" & "Lost") and a premise that --on paper must've sounded great.

Somehow, we are all connected --and will connect to a handful of people while living in New York. Uh, I didn't get that "connection" watching because it was so much information being tossed about. It was a bunch of really great looking actors walking around for no reason.

This is no "Sex in the City," I thought to myself.

We see a half-dozen characters as they keep bumping into, or just missing, one another. What's missing is one central character that the audience can identify with.

There's Carlos (Jay Hernandez), a young attorney; Steven (Campbell Scott), a veteran photographer; Laura (Hope Davis), a single mom; Mae (Erika Christensen), a runaway with a secret; Damian (Dorian Missick), a chauffeur with a bad-influence older brother, and Whitney (Bridget Moynahan), a magazine editor with a boyfriend to whom she's about to propose.

In theory, it's an intriguing Altman-esque concept that would have played better in the hands of a more seasoned writer or director. Things feel rushed and we don't really get why we should care about these people -- but, it's a great cast. I also kept wondering how this idea might play on HBO where they can insert more realistic characters without the FCC restrictions; because it seems these New Yorkers are not interested in getting laid...and that's just crazy.