Television: Boomer Bards

They've done teens, 20s, 30s--now it's fortysomethings in Once and Again

There's more than one way to film a sex scene. You can use MTV's strobe-lit quick cuts of gleaming torsos or Melrose Place's campy, heaving melodrama. But when Rick and Lily, the fortyish divorces (O.K., Lily doesn't have hers yet) whose romance fuels the new series Once and Again (ABC, Tuesdays at 10 p.m. E.T.), first make love, it's done like this: long, somber takes. Clumsy false starts. Cuddling. Tears. And talking. Lots of talking.

Yes, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz are back. Three times before--with thirtysomething, My So-Called Life and Relativity--they and the team of intensely loyal writers who make...

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