Question: Mr. Visionary, I am normally not a believer in mystics, soothsayers, or anyone mixed up with the dark forces of the occult. However, I have a question that needs answering: What was the name of the magazine for which Mariel Hemingway supposedly worked on Darren Star's failed soap Central Park West (aka CPW)? I need help. The answer to the question is crucial to my future at work. Thanks. Jeremy
Televisionary: Oh, Jeremy. What do I address first a detail from a lousy nighttime soap determining your professional future, your belief that I am informed by the dark arts, or your question?
Rest assured my abilities draw upon white magic (well, a little gray here and there, really) that plus a whole lotta pretzels and soda. I'm definitely more Samantha than Serena.
The fictional magazine in question is Communiqué, a troubled New York glossy which, when the CBS soap debuted in the fall of 1995, brought editorial ace Stephanie Wells (Hemingway) in from Seattle to save it. From whom? Well, in many ways from work-phobic society columnist Carrie Fairchild (Twin Peaks's Madchen Amick), whose party-all-night, sleep-all-day work ethic didn't sit well with stepdad and Communiqué owner Allen Rush (Kaz's Ron Leibman).
How successful was Stephanie? Who cares? By the time CBS yanked it from the air, retitled it CPW, brought it back and yanked it again, the Communiqué masthead and management had suffered numerous affairs, a killer knife fight, suicide by gun and a fatal heart attack for Leibman's Rush. All that death and mayhem was for naught, of course: Poor ratings killed the show and Communiqué stopped publishing in June of 1996.