Al asked Amy Spector:

How important an influence was Starskey and Crutch to your writing?

Amy Spector Marvelous question Al! Thank you for asking.

I have no doubt that one would be hard pressed to find ANY writer of MM romance who has not been heavily influenced by the 1975 sensation, Starsky & Hutch.

The sexual tension between actors David Soul (Detective Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson) and Paul Michael Glaser (Detective Dave Starsky), both on and off the screen, is legendary.

It has been rumored that, until the final season of the show in 1979, the desire between the two actors on set was almost palpable. One of the writers stating that “The air would be thick with it. The cast and crew forced to take frequent breaks to slip away to relieve the tension we'd find thrumming through own bodies.”

Sadly, in 1979, at the height of the show's popularity, a gossip magazine story, boasting proof of an illicit affair between David Soul and the actor that played Huggy Bear, brought the Starsky & Hutch empire crashing down. Refusing to be in the same room as Soul, Paul Michael Glaser would film his scenes separately and post-production would be forced to edit them together later. A very expensive venture for late 1970's technology. The show was canceled shortly after.

But like any good romance, in 2008, a string of odd coincidences culminated in the two actors signing autographs at the same Southern California car show. Dropping to one knee and grasping the others hand, Soul gave a heart wrenching performance of his 1977 hit single Don't Give Up On Us Baby, that brought more than eleven hundred muscle car fans to tears.

I greatly believe that it is no coincidence that so many romantic plots feature misunderstandings and long separations—often referred to a Starskys— before the MCs receive their happy ending.

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