Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Acclaimed Emmy-Winning TV Producer Steven Bochco Dies At Age 74

Acclaimed Emmy-Winning TV Producer Steven Bochco Dies At Age 74

NY producer and screenwriter Steven Bochco, remembered for series as a sad song on Hill Street Blues, Law of Los Angeles (L.A. Law) and NYPD (NYPD Blue), has died on Monday at 74 years, as reported media Locals, quoting ir close friends.

During its seven-season run, it won 26 Emmys and launched Bochco on a course that led to dozens of series and earned him four Peabody awards, in addition to the 10 Emmys.

In 1999, the Producers Guild of America honored Bochco with its David Susskind lifetime achievement award, describing his record of quality programs as "the standard all television producers strive for".

Bochco was known for his risk-taking approach that brought gritty realism and large ensemble casts to the small screen.

The success of these network shows in the early 1980s paved the way for the creation of the so-called Golden Age of Television a decade later, when premium cable programmes such as The Sopranos broke the mould. His influence is felt throughout TV, in all genres. After attending New York University and Carnegie Mellon University, he went on to write several series for Universal Studios.

Bochco began winding down his work in television after NYPD Blue a bit, but still kept busy. After college he drove across country to Hollywood with Michael Tucker, who would later feature on L.A. Law.

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Bochco started as a TV writer in the 1960s, working on such shows as "Columbo". He shared his first writing credit with the legendary Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.

Premiering in January 1981, Hill Street Blues challenged, even confounded the meagre audience that sampled it.

Hill Street Blues had a sprawling universe of engaging yet flawed characters, a zippy pace and layers of overlapping, scripted dialogue, shot in a documentary style. The relationship produced some clear hits ("NYPD Blue", "Doogie Howser, M.D.") and notable failures, including the musical police drama "Cop Rock" and the serialized courtroom drama "Murder One", which followed a single murder trial over an entire season.

Bochco created the short-lived CBS police drama Paris, which starred James Earl Jones. The AP reports that Bochco once remembered a fan telling him that "Hill Street Blues" was the first TV series with a memory.

Bochco's legacy could be felt in the tributes that rolled in following his death.

Bochco had been suffering with cancer for some time.

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