Television: Pointe, Counterpoint

Darren Star and Aaron Spelling once collaborated. Now their new shows have them on opposing sides

In the early '90s producers Aaron Spelling and Darren Star were the Obi-Wan and Luke of empty-calorie entertainment. They teamed on the teen soap Beverly Hills, 90210 and its spin-off Melrose Place, Spelling lending young Star his powerful name and expertise, Star supplying fresh ideas to the eminence glitz who gave us Dynasty and The Love Boat.

But like Adam Carrington on Dynasty, Star went prodigal. He struck out on his own, becoming a critical hit with Sex and the City, which classed up the Spelling formula: lusty stories of beautiful people--this time with brains. Now, in true soap-opera fashion, he...

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