Forwarded by Susan Bunting Originally posted by Jadie Tang. (Edmonton Journal - 03/21/95) (reposted without permission): EVEN HITS FEEL THE PRIME-TIME PRESSURE, DUE SOUTH DISCOVERS Paul Haggis is dancing as fast as he can. The Canadian-born creator, writer and executive producer of "Due South" is no stranger to the rigors and panics of episodic television. The two-time Emmy winner has written more than 50 episodes over the years, ranging from "One Day at a Time" to "thirtysomething" and "L.A. Law." But he confesses he's still occasionally caught napping by the whimsical nature of primetime. "What most surprised me, and it shouldn't have because I've been down the road a long time, is the amount of pressure that can be brought to bear when you are a success," Haggis said on a stop-over in Edmonton last week. And "Due South" certainly was successful earlier this season. Six episodes into the fall season, the comic action series was not merely the first Canadian-made series on American prime time. It was also CBS's top-rated new show. Haggis hope to trade off that hit ranking for a little more production time. As it is now, episodes are turned around in the span of eight days. But the network brass replied by suggesting he churn them out even faster. "You think people are just going to walk up and hand you myrrh and things like this, and I got very little myrrh," Haggis told a session of the Local Heroes International Screen Festival. "Our ratings started to slip in the last few weeks and so you get the flip side of pressures. They said `Do something or we're not going to pick you up.' To their credit they didn't tell me what to do, but they said I better do something. "So I'm doing something right now. I'm not exactly sure what it is but I'm sure it's going to be good." No surprise that Haggis has a rapid-fire sense of humor. In delivery and appearance he's strangely similar to "Due South's" Ray Vecchio, the scrappy, wisecracking Chicago cop who's partnered with do-right Mountie Benton Fraser. Seventeen years after he started out in theatre in London, Ont., Haggis still finds the entertainment biz a wild roller-coaster ride. "I fluctuate at any moment between hubris and self-immolation. You do. You say, `I'm the best writer in the free world; oh my God, I'm terrible, look what I've just written.'" "Due South wraps up for the season May 11 with a two-hour special. That's a week sooner than Haggis had expected, and just a few days before he learns whether the show has been picked up for a second year. He's writing as fast as he can.