Press Releases

27 April 2009

MGM has issued this press release:


Award Winning Police Drama Offered on

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 27, 2009 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is

joining with to bring its award-wining police drama CAGNEY & LACEY to

broadband video consumers. Beginning today, will offer full episodes

from seasons 2 and 3 to its online viewers, with plans to roll out

subsequent seasons of CAGNEY & LACEY.

MGM will also launch a publicity tour with series' stars Sharon Gless, Tyne

Daly and executive producer Barney Rosenzweig (who's married to Gless), in

support of its CAGNEY & LACEY online launch.

"The digital age is creating limitless opportunities for consumers to

discover and rediscover iconic TV shows," said Joe Patrick, Executive Vice

President, North American Television Distribution for MGM. "And in the case

of an award winning series like CAGNEY & LACEY, broadband video platforms

are proving that quality television, compelling storylines and consummate

acting is timeless."

"CAGNEY & LACEY was initially a huge risk for both Orion and CBS," remembers

Rosenzweig, the series' executive producer. "Having two females lead a

one-hour drama, and a police procedural at that, had never been tried

before. The show's creators, Barbara Avedon and Barbara Corday, and the many

talented writers that crafted the show confronted the issue of sexism from

the very start, which I think contributed to the success of the series


"We're thrilled to provide CAGNEY & LACEY fans and the community

access to this much-loved classic," said Jeff Clark, Vice President of " gives television fans access to videos, community

discussion and show information around their favorite programs. The

addition of a popular series like CAGNEY & LACEY will fuel the discussion

and community interaction that is known for."

CAGNEY & LACEY aired on the CBS network from 1982 through 1988 and remains

among the most honored dramatic series in CBS' history, winning the Emmy

Award twice for Best Dramatic Television Series. The police procedural

starred Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as New York City police detectives who,

although they led very different lives, were supportive of each other both

professionally and personally. Christine Cagney (Gless) was a single,

career-minded woman, while Mary Beth Lacey (Daly) was a married working


During the series' run, Gless and Daly had a lock on the Emmy award for

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, with Gless taking home the Emmy

twice (in 1986 and 1987) and Daly picking it up for the other four seasons

that the show was on the air. CAGNEY & LACEY also earned an Outstanding

Actor Emmy for John Karlen for his portrayal of Harvey Lacey and multiple

Emmy awards for Outstanding Dramatic Series, Best Directing in a Drama

Series, Outstanding Film Editing, Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Sound

Editing as well as awards from the ACLU (Bill of Rights Award), the

Humanitas, Scott Newman and Christopher Awards, Writers Guild of America,

Directors Guild of America, American Cinema Editors and Casting Society of

America awards and a special Luminas from Women in Film, in addition to

citations and salutes from the National Commission of Working Women, the

Museum of Television & Radio, The National Organization of Women (NOW), and

the "Good Guy Award" from the National Women's Political Caucus, among


Fans of the show may also read Cagney & Lacey.and Me, a book written by

Barney Rosenzweig, the series' executive producer; and may visit the

official web site, for additional background

information and insights from the shows creators and actors.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively

engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures,

television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed

merchandise. The company owns the world's largest library of modern films,

comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc.,

MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co.,

MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home

Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM

Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership

interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 110 countries. MGM

ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony

Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners

(7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit

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