I’m so sorry for the long time without an update or anything new. The site was hacked and hacked well. It took me a while to get everything cleaned up and also I’ve moved the site to another host. The one I had it on didn’t provide any way to protect the files and more or less blamed me for not having better protection. If like on my new host they’d give us their clients the ability to protect our sites via their backend, I wouldn’t have had this issue. Ah well. C’est la vie. I’ve also updated a couple of albums in the gallery with some screencaps I forgot. I’ve also added the final episodes of DYNASTY Jon appeared in as Dirk E. Maurier. They are now up in the media section. You can see those if you click on the Media link in the top menu bar. So that’s it for now. I’ve been collecting more of Jon’s work so I’m hoping now we’re on the new host with a lot more room to breath, I can start uploading again.
Category: Dirk E. Maurier
Shock doesn’t even begin to express how I feel in finding out that Steven Bochco, the creator of such amazing television shows as HILL STREET BLUES, NYPD Blue and many others has died at the age of 74. Bochco was a force in my early appreciation of what television could be. Having watched HILL STREET BLUES in the 80s for my love of Jon as Chief Fletcher P. Daniels, there was never a moment where Bochco didn’t bring his A-Game in terms of the excellence of what Edward R. Murrow termed “just lights and tubes in a box”. Given the spate of really bad network viewing today, Bochco was indeed a standard of what that viewing art could be. I don’t believe we’ll ever have his like again. When you look at the likes of Aaron Spelling and his campy soaps in DYNASTY where Jon played Dirk E. Maurier, I believe Bochco was not only ahead of his time, but in viewing HILL STREET BLUES today, it’s as prescient today as it was back then. Bochco never shied away from the uncomfortable moment. He imbued it with all the glaring light he could to put us in the shoes of not only those uniformed men and women of The Hill Street Station, but also in the shoes of the downtrodden, the gang member, the lonely, the sick, the weak. He also shined as giant a light on police corruption and never let us forget just because you wore blue, didn’t always mean you were good. It’s as if he had a crystal ball to know that what he depicted on HILL STREET BLUES in the 80s, would be just as valid a case today. Thank you Mr. Bochco for your brilliance and for giving me my conscience.
DYNASTY the complete box set will finally be available to purchase on October 10 and will contain all original 217 episodes. As you might know Jon played the part of Dirk Maurier, one of Alexis Carrington Colby’s (Joan Collins) suitors. Jon appeared in ten episodes from seasons four and seven. While it is being released on DVD, no word of a blu-ray treatment. Here’s hoping, at least, the transfers are good and there’s no artifact lost. Most of the copies I know of that are out there are really bad VHS versions from airings on the old Soap Channel, or other channels. The box set will be available on Amazon for pre-order. Click on the box set graphic below to go to Amazon.
Happy New Year everyone and I hope your Christmas Holidays were the best ever. Mine were great and the New Year started off great for me. Thanks to everyone who has visited the site in the last year and here’s to a wonderful 2015. To start off the year, I have some stills of Jon from his work as Dirk E. Maurier from the ABC television soaper DYNASTY. I think it was great for Jon to have been able to be a part of three very successful series during the 80s. That he played three different characters on three different shows on three different networks was great for him. Those roles and series were; Dirk Maurier on ABC’s DYNASTY, Jeff Munson on CBS’s KNOTS LANDING and Chief Fletcher Daniels on NBC’s HILL STREET BLUES. I can’t think of any actor that had that kind of elasticity when moving between networks, yet Jon did it and created three distinctly different characters. Kudos to him.
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