Bias attack on subway
SHE’S A harried television producer and plays one on TV.
But Kyra Sedgwick insists that her character in the new ABC series “Ten Days in the Valley” bears no resemblance to her.
“I don’t use my own life as an actress,” she said. “I’m so boring. No one would want to see my life on TV. I wouldn’t.”
But the life of Jane Sadler, an overworked producer who’s up to her eyeballs dealing with her edgy cop show, busted marriage and missing 8-year-old daughter, is another story. And Sedgwick wants everyone to see it.
Sedgwick, 52 — an Emmywinner for “The Closer,” which ended a seven-year run in 2012 — stars in and is an executive producer of “Ten Days in the Valley.” It debuts on ABC on Oct. 1 after a premiere next Sunday at the three-day Tribeca TV Festival, which begins Friday.
A spinoff of the 15-year-old Tribeca Film Festival, the event celebrates episodic storytelling with screenings of new shows, returning favorites and panel talks.
“TV has exploded,” said Sedgwick, who’s delighted to be part of the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival. “With a film there’s a pressure to tell a story in 90 minutes. A great thing about TV is that we get many hours to explore a character.”
It’s not always a pretty picture with Jane Sadler — a role Demi Moore was set to play on cable TV but opted out of when the show went to ABC.
“Jane has drugs and sex habits,” said Sedgwick, without judgment. “Listen, I think life is hard. Everybody reaches for something. Some people control it and do it in moderation. But no one gets by without some support — a shopping obsession, some outside source.”
And what does Sedgwick, who’s married to actor Kevin Bacon and has two kids in their 20s, reach for?
“I’m definitely not telling you,” she said.
She doesn’t mind sharing that she’s pleased with the decision-making power that comes with being a producer.
“I’m very opinionated,” she said. “People listen to you when your’re an executive producer because they have to listen.”
She likes that. Same goes for splitting her time between living in New York, where she was born, and Los Angeles, where she often works.
“I divide my time between both places,” she said. “I love New York. And despite some earlier interviews where I sound like a snotty New Yorker, I’ve grown to love L.A.” A RACIST CREEP sat on a woman’s thigh on the subway, spit in her face and punched her in the shoulder, cops said Saturday.
Police released a photo of the brute snapped by his 34-year-old victim as they rode an uptown E train toward the Seventh Ave. station in Midtown about 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
When he claimed a seat next to hers on the crowded rush hour train, he ended up sitting on her thigh. She asked for a minute to readjust and scoot over — a simple request that launched the man on a crazy rant.
“Just because you’re AfricanAmerican you think you can go on your Kanye West rant, b---h?” he yelled.
A few minutes later as the woman stepped off the train at the Seventh Ave. stop, the man spat on the back of her head.
She grabbed his backpack to try to stop him, and he spit in her face and punched her in the shoulder, officials said. The man jumped back on the train and got away.
The victim suffered pain but refused medical attention.
The suspect is described as a white Hispanic, about 30, 5-feet-9 and 130 pounds.
He was wearing a black T-shirt and a white-and-black “San Francisco” baseball cap with an orange bear on it.
Kyra Sedgwick (with Kick Gurry and Abigail Pniowsky) gets homemade “Oscar” in “Ten Days in the Valley” but has picked up real Emmy hardware (below) for “The Closer.”