18 Facts About Steven Bochco


Steven Ronald Bochco Masterson was an American television writer and producer.

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Steven Bochco developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L A Law, Doogie Howser, M D, Cop Rock, and NYPD Blue.

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Steven Bochco was born to a Jewish family in New York City, the son of Mimi, a painter, and Rudolph Steven Bochco, a concert violinist and Polish immigrant.

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Steven Bochco was educated in Manhattan at the High School of Music and Art.

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Steven Bochco graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater in 1966, having had an MCA Writing Fellowship.

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Steven Bochco wrote the story and teleplay for the Columbo episode "Murder by the Book", and the teleplays for several other episodes.

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Steven Bochco wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film The Counterfeit Killer and worked on Silent Running and Double Indemnity (1973).

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Steven Bochco left Universal in 1978 to go to MTM Enterprises where he had greater scope for producing.

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Steven Bochco achieved major success for NBC with the police drama Hill Street Blues.

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Steven Bochco was fired from MTM in 1985 following the failure of Bay City Blues.

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In 1987, Steven Bochco co-created the half-hour dramedy Hooperman which starred John Ritter but was canceled after two seasons, despite Steven Bochco offering to take over direct day-to-day control of a third season.

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That year, Steven Bochco was in final talks with an exclusive agreement with CBS or ABC, and ABC reportedly being the winning bid.

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In 1992, Steven Bochco created an animated television series, Capitol Critters, along with Nat Mauldin and Michael Wagner.

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In 2005, Steven Bochco took charge of Commander in Chief, created by Rod Lurie, and brought in a new writing team.

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In 2008, Steven Bochco argued that the new home for quality prime time drama is cable, where "the atmosphere is far friendlier and the creative environment more conducive to doing original work", and that "most of what's passing for primetime drama these days isn't very good".

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Steven Bochco was married three times: to Gabrielle Levin from 1964 to their divorce in 1969, to actress Barbara Bosson from 1970 to their divorce in 1997, and to television producer and executive Dayna Kalins from 2000 until his death.

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Steven Bochco was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, requiring a bone marrow transplant later that year.

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Steven Bochco died from the disease at his home on April 1, 2018, at age 74.

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