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Saturday, October 02, 2010

R.I.P. Stephen J. Cannell

It's a sad time for TV fans, and I'm not referring to the fact that Outsourced and $#*! My Dad Says premiered the other week (no one has any business airing a Twitter-based TV show until there's a sexy Hands in the Air anthology series on Cinemax After Dark, by the way).

Stephen J. Cannell
TV Producer, Creator, Writer
February 5, 1941 - September 30, 2010

Anyway, the real tragedy is that TV producer extraordinaire Stephen J. Cannell passed away last Thursday. He's the televisionary who created such beloved series as The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, Hardcastle and McCormick and just about every other cool '80s and early '90s show that served as counter-programming to Mr. Belvedere and Charles in Charge.

He at least got to live to see the theatrical version of The A-Team this past summer, or at least he'll never see the day when Riptide is turned into a movie.

1 comment:

Therese said...

Hey, I loved Riptide. I guess it was the hunky guy flying the pink helicopter. How can you get better than that?