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September 28, 2016 at 2:46 pm #1201928836
This thread will serve as a memoriam to anyone associated with television who passes away from mid-September, 2016 through mid-September, 2017.
Roger Ailes (executive)
Richard Anderson (actor)
Chuck Barris (producer/host)
Shelley Berman (actor/comedian)
Joseph Bologna (actor/writer)
Powers Boothe (actor)
Norman Brokaw (agent)
Glen Campbell (actor/singer/host)
William Christopher (actor)
Mike Connors (actor)
Kevin Curran (writer/producer)
Jonathan Demme (director/producer)
Patti Deutsch (actor)
Nelsan Ellis (actor)
Miguel Ferrer (actor)
Carrie Fisher (actor)
June Foray (actor)
Tommy Ford (actor)
Bernard Fox (actor)
Stephen Furst (actor)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (actor)
Dick Gautier (actor)
Gary Glasberg (writer/producer)
Ron Glass (actor)
Michael Gleason (writer/producer)
Don Gordon (actor)
Ed Greene (sound mixer)
Brad Grey (executive)
Tammy Grimes (actor)
Barbara Hale (actor)
Ricky Harris (actor)
Richard Hatch (actor)
John Heard (actor)
Glenne Headly (actor)
Florence Henderson (actor)
John Hurt (actor)
Gwen Ifill (journalist/host)
Clifton James (actor)
Claire Labin (writer/producer)
Martin Landau (actor)
Jerry Lewis (actor/director)
Marsh McCall (writer/producer)
Dina Merrill (actor)
Mary Tyler Moore (actor/executive)
Roger Moore (actor)
Agnes Nixon (writer/producer)
Don Ohlmeyer (executive)
Robert Osborne (host)
Bill Paxton (actor)
Tim Pigott-Smith (actor)
Debbie Reynolds (actor)
Don Rickles (actor/comedian)
Craig Sager (sports reporter)
Sam Shepard (actor)
Ed Sherin (director)
Roger Smith (actor)
Harry Dean Stanton (actor)
Alan Thicke (actor)
Jay Thomas (actor)
Grant Tinker (executive)
Ron Thornton (visual effects)
Robert Vaughn (actor)
Frank Vincent (actor)
Joseph Wapner (host)
Fritz Weaver (actor)
Adam West (actor)September 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm #1201928837
Agnes Nixon, known as the grande dame of daytime drama for creating, writing, and producing soap operas including “All My Children,’ “One Life to Live” and “Search for Tomorrow,” died Wednesday in Pennsylvania. She was 88.
TMZ reported Nixon had been suffering complications of Parkinson’s disease.
The prolific producer was highly regarded as a pioneer for women in television who made an effort to weave real-world issues into her shows.
Nixon was also co-creator of CBS’ long-running “As the World Turns” with her mentor, Irna Phillips, who is credited with creating the soap opera genre on radio. Early in her career Nixon was a writer on CBS’ “Guiding Light” and NBC’s “Another World.”
A native of Chicago, Agnes Eckhardt attended Northwestern University and decided to focus on a career as a writer. Eckhardt’s father arranged a meeting with Phillips in an effort to dissuade her from going into writing, but Phillips wound up hiring Eckhardt to work on the radio soap “Women in White,” according to Turner Classic Movies’ biography on Nixon.
Nixon and Phillips co-created “Search for Tomorrow” for CBS in 1951 and “As the World Turns” in 1956. During this period Nixon also wrote episodes of primetime anthology series including “Robert Montgomery Presents” and “The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse.”
Nixon hit her stride in the late 1960s and early 1970s as she and her husband, Robert Nixon, created “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” for ABC. The series were notable for featuring racial and ethnic diversity among its characters, in contrast to the existing soaps. Susan Lucci’s Erica Kane character from “All My Children” became a TV icon and synonymous with the soap genre. “All My Children” pushed the envelope in addressing issues such as the anti-war movement and by having Kane undergo a legal abortion in 1971, nearly two years before abortion was addressed in primetime on CBS’ “Maude.”
In the 1980s Nixon expanded her soap empire with ABC’s “Loving.” The show was revamped in 1995 into “The City,” which was designed to have a faster MTV-esque pace, but the reboot only lasted another two years.
Nixon’s other credits included the 1981 ABC miniseries “The Manions of America,” a story of Irish immigrants that featured a young Pierce Brosnan.
Over her long career, Nixon earned five Daytime Emmy Awards and five Writers Guild Awards, among many other honors. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1992.
Nixon recounted stories of her early days in television and the evolution of the soap opera in her 1997 interview with the Archive of American Television.September 28, 2016 at 2:50 pm #1201928839
Gary Glasberg, the longtime showrunner of CBS’ “NCIS” and creator of spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans,” died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 50.
CBS said Glasberg died in his sleep.
“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight,” the “NCIS” cast said in a statement. ” ‘NCIS’ will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”
The New York City native began his career writing comic books and working on animated series for Hanna-Barbera, Warner Bros., Disney and Nickelodeon. He segued into drama by the early 1990s, working on the staff of such series as UPN’s “Swift Justice” and “Mercy Point,” CBS’ “L.A. Doctors” and Fox’s “The Street.”
Glasberg’s reputation as a writer-producer grew as he advanced to supervising producer and co-exec producer status on such series as NBC’s “Crossing Jordan,” CBS’ “Shark” and Fox’s “Bones.” He joined “NCIS” in 2009 and was upped to exec producer the following year. He had been showrunner of “NCIS” since 2011.
Last year, Glasberg created the spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans,” toplined by Scott Bakula.
On Glasberg’s watch, “NCIS” has maintained its status as TV’s most-watched drama series for the past seven years. Now in its 14th season, “NCIS” last season averaged 20.4 million viewers and 3.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49.
“Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him.”
CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said CBS was “devastated” by the loss of the prolific writer-producer.
“He epitomized the word ‘mensch’ and brought kindness, integrity and class to everything he did. His remarkable talent as a writer and producer was only matched by his ability to connect with people,” Stapf said. “Gary was a beloved member of our family and we are so honored that he called CBS his home for so many years. Our hearts go out to his wife, Mimi, two sons, his entire family and all those who loved him.”
Glasberg’s survivors include his wife of 20 years, screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and two sons, Dash and Eli. He is also survived by his father, Edwin Glasberg, and a sister, Mindy Glasberg.October 1, 2016 at 4:19 am #1201929864
Larkin Malloy, best known for playing Travis Montgomery on the soap opera All My Children, has passed away. http://tvline.com/2016/09/29/larkin-malloy-dead-all-my-children-travis-died/October 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm #1201931045
Emmy-nominated sound mixer Eric Justen has passed away. http://deadline.com/2016/08/eric-justen-dead-breaking-bad-pretty-little-liars-good-wife-1201805265/October 12, 2016 at 4:57 pm #1201934752
Actor Tommy Ford has passed away. http://www.tmz.com/2016/10/12/martin-star-tommy-ford-dead/October 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm #1201934801
Oh no. RIP. 🙁October 22, 2016 at 7:01 am #1201938052
Comedian/actor Kevin Meaney has passed away. http://www.thewrap.com/kevin-meaney-comedian-and-actor-dies-at-60/October 23, 2016 at 6:50 pm #1201938495
Actress Cecilia Hart, the wife of the legendary James Earl Jones, has passed away. http://deadline.com/2016/10/actress-cecilia-hart-wife-of-james-earl-jones-dies-at-68-1201841109/#comment-list-wrapperOctober 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm #1201939824
RIP Kevin CurranOctober 25, 2016 at 9:07 pm #1201939833
Truly shocked about Curran. Although I wasn’t enthralled by any of the episodes he wrote, he wrote for one of the greatest shows of all time and his influence on it will live on forever.
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)October 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm #1201941795
Talent agent Norman Brokaw has passed away. http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/norman-brokaw-dead-agent-william-morris-dies-89-1201904306/#comment-list-wrapperOctober 30, 2016 at 9:45 pm #1201942348
Michael Gleason, who co-created “Remington Steele” and had numerous TV writing and producing credits, died Oct. 21 in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 78.
The news was announced on Gleason’s Facebook page over the weekend.
Gleason is best known for his work on NBC’s “Remington Steele,” which he co-created with Robert Butler, and ran from 1982 to 1987. Gleason also served as a producer and writer on the show. The series followed a detective, played by Stephanie Zimbalist, who ends up partnering with a former thief, Remington Steele (Pierce Brosnan). After the show, Brosnan’s career took off, as he became the fifth actor to play James Bond in 1994.
Born in Brooklyn, Gleason attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and moved to Hollywood with his writing partner William Blinn.
Gleason got his start as a writer in 1962, working on Westerns such as “Rawhide,” “Laramie,” and “The Big Valley.” In 1965, he began writing for ABC soap opera “Peyton’s Place,” and would go on to rack up dozens of writing credits on the show up until 1968.
He also wrote for “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Cannon,” “Marcus Welby,” M.D.,” and “Sons and Daughters” and had producing credits on “McCloud.”
Among Gleason’s other writing and producing credits were “Murphy’s Law,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” “Police Academy: The Series,”and “Charmed.”
In 2013, Gleason released his literary debut, “Working Dirty,” which follows fictional disgraced ex-cop Nick Fallon.
He is survived by his wife Jan; eight children; seven grandchildren; and a brother.October 31, 2016 at 2:10 pm #1201942650
Sophia Cranshaw, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer for MTV, has passed away. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/sophia-cranshaw-mtv-producer-1201904722/#comment-list-wrapperNovember 3, 2016 at 11:18 am #1201944417
Actress Tammy Grimes has passed away. http://variety.com/2016/legit/news/tammy-grimes-dead-dies-1201905374/
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