Hill Street Blues Creator Loses Cancer Battle

Rosalie Gross
April 3, 2018

The 10-time Primetime Emmy Award victor, who died on Sunday after a long battle with a rare form of cancer, created several hit television shows including "Hill Street Blues", "NYPD Blue", "L.A. Law", "Doogie Howser, M.D.', "Commander in Chief", 'Raising the Bar" among others.

A spokesman for Bochco's family confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter, stating that he died on Sunday, April 1 after a battle with leukemia. "He died peacefully in his sleep [at home] with his family close by".

"Steven reinvented the television drama by creating and executive-producing Hill Street Blues", said television executive (and former NBC president) Warren Littlefield.

Professionally, Walden helped his publicity team from her first job at 20th Century Fox TV, which produced NYPD Blue, where she started in PR.

Steven Ronald Bochco was born December 16th, 1943, to a concert violinist father, Rudolph, and a painter-jewelry designer mother, Mimi, in NY.

Other actors from "Hill Street Blues" would find other homes on later Bochco shows, including most famously Dennis Franz who led 1990s cop series "NYPD Blue".

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But such was his talent even Bochco's most notable bomb claims a page in the annals of television history: Cop Rock, a musical police drama he created in 1990, which was as bad as it sounds.

The producer has received 10 Emmy's for his producing and writing.

The 10-time Primetime Emmy Award victor was also a man behind the Neil Patrick Harris' ABC Medical comedy-drama television series Doogie Howser, M.D. and TNT detective anthology drama television series Murder in the First.

After leaving Hill Street Blues, Bochco co-created the legal drama L.A. Law, which ran on NBC from 1986 to 1994. Steven Bochco changed television, more than once.

Out of that deal would spring shows such as Murder One, City Of Angels and his most popular show NYPD Blue - the spiritual sequel to Hill Street Blues, starring Dennis Franz.

Among Bochco's credits are the 1980s hit Doogie Howser, M.D. with Neil Patrick Harris as well as the TNT drama Murder in the First. He developed The Invisible Man as a sci-fi adventure in 1975, but it was Hill Street Blues which rose him to prominence in the business. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa, and sons Jeffrey and Jesse. At that time he was overtaken his fight against cancer ("The battle is won, and I look from mirror", said in an interview in program The Rich Eisen Show).

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