NYPD Blue producer dies at age 74

Laverne Mann
April 3, 2018

Created "Hill Street Blues, ' 'NYPD Blue" Television writer and producer Steven Bochco has died at the age of 74.

Bochco received 10 Emmys for producing and writing and he was nominated 30 times over the course of his career.

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".

A family spokesman confirmed yesterday that Steven Bochco passed away in his sleep.

Bochco is credited with redefining the television landscape by introducing hour-long, serialised content that was edgy and pushed the boundaries. "I thought "NYPD Blue" would open a door to more adult, mainstream programming". His influence is felt throughout TV, in all genres.

He was born in NY to Rudolph, a violinist, and Mimi, a painter and jewellery designer.

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On arriving in Los Angeles after college, he wrote for several series at Universal Studios. He attended the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan for singing before spending a year at New York University.

Premiering in January 1981, Hill Street Blues challenged, even confounded the meagre audience that sampled it. In 2005, Bochco took charge of ABC political drama "Commander in Chief", which was created by Rod Lurie, but he left the one season show after conflicting with ABC. His 1990 show, "Cop Rock" - an attempt at a police musical - was a legendary flop.

Although he did find success with Doogie Howsers, M.D and most recently the detective series Murder in the First. But he ultimately exited MTM after the failure of baseball-themed ensemble "Bay City Blues" on NBC in 1983. "At first, television wasn't quite ready for this groundbreaking drama, certainly not on a network known for a talking auto..."

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

Bochco was married three times, the first time to Gabrielle Levin. His first wife was actress Barbara Bosson.

He is survived by his third wife, Dayna Kalins, his children Melissa, Jess and Sean, and two grandchildren.

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