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As you probably already heard, writer/director/TV show creator Gary David Goldberg died earlier today. Goldberg will of course be remembered mostly for being the creator of shows like Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge, and Spin City (with Bill Lawrence).
He wrote for several other shows earlier in his career and one of them was The Tony Randall Show. Created by Tom Patchett and Jay Tarses, this was Randall's follow-up to his successful five year run on The Odd Couple.
Here's Goldberg's humorous and touching recollection about working with Randall and why the show was cancelled -- both times. »
Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Ties and Spin City, died Sunday at age 68. After working on the writing staffs of Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show, and The Bob Newhart Show, Goldberg created Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox, in 1982.
In a statement to EW about Goldberg’s death, Fox said, “With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg. He touched so many with his enormous talent and generous spirit. He changed my life profoundly. Love to Diana and all of Gary’s family.”
- Erin Strecker
Goldberg began working in television in the early 1970s and in 1976, at the age of 32, became a writer on The Bob Newhart Show. He went on to write for many other legendary shows like Lou Grant, Alice, Phyllis, The Tony Randall Show, and M*A*S*H.
Family Ties ended after seven seasons and 176 episodes. The show had lost a lot of steam but 36.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the finale.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years and »
Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of Family Ties and Spin City, died yesterday in Montecito, Calif. He was 68. Goldberg was an experienced TV writer of 1970s programs like Lou Grant, The Tony Randall Show, and The Bob Newhart Show when he built Family Ties in 1982 for NBC, basing the idealistic hippie parents played by Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter on himself and his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan. The show became an essential part of the network’s Thursday-night lineup — pairing with The Cosby Show for a time as TV’s two biggest shows — and made Michael J. Fox a huge star. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Longtime television producer Gary David Goldberg, best known for creating Family Ties, died of brain cancer in California yesterday, according to several outlets. He was 68. Goldberg got his start on the short-lived Norman Lear sitcom The Dumplings in 1976 and went on to write for Alice, The Bob Newhart Show, The Tony Randall Show, M*A*S*H*, and Lou Grant, among others. In 1982, he created the megahit and cultural touchstone Family Ties, which ran for seven seasons, and in 1991 he launched the critically beloved, largely autobiographical series Brooklyn Bridge. Then, in 1996, Goldberg co-created a second Michael J. Fox hit with Spin City.Goldberg won his first Emmy in 1979, for Lou Grant, and his second in 1987, for Family Ties, and he picked up five other nominations along the way. He won two Humanitas prizes and both Producers Guild and Writers Guild awards. If you watched a lot of »
- Margaret Lyons
Gary David Goldberg, the creator of "Family Ties" and Spin City" shows, passed away on Saturday from cancer at his home in Montecito, California. He was 68-years old. Goldberg got his start in Hollywood by writing for "The Tony Randall Show," "The Bob Newhart Show," "Mash," and "Lou Grant," winning the first of his two Emmys. Then in 1982, his "Family Ties" show premiered, becoming a big his for Fox, averaging 28 million viewers per week and lasting for 180 episodes. The sitcom starred Michael J. Fox. In 1991, Goldberg returned with "Brooklyn Bridge" and then re-teamed with Michael J. Fox for "Spin City" in 1996. All his shows were produced through his Ubu Productions company that's recognized by a shot of Goldberg's dog and him saying "Sit, Ubu. Sit. Good dog." Goldberg also directed several theatrical releases, including 1989's "Dad," with Jack Lemmon and Ted Danson, and 2005's "Must Love Dogs," with John Cusack and Diane Lane. »
Born in Brooklyn, Goldberg was raised in a home with a close, extended family that was headed by a strong matriarch, his grandmother. He was a huge sports fan and a wanderer who had a bit of trouble figuring out what he wanted to be when he grew up.
Goldberg's collegiate career, which he described as "prolonged and checkered," involved attending numerous schools, including Brandeis University and San Diego State University. He only decided to become a scriptwriter at the urging of one of his professors.
Goldberg was working as a waiter at the Village Gate club in Greenwich Village in 1969 when he met his wife and the love his life, Dr. Diana Meehan. They were a couple of hippies -- a product of their time -- and spent the early »
- The Huffington Post
Goldberg died Sunday (June 23) at his home in Montecito, Calif., near Santa Barbara, after fighting brain cancer. He would have turned 69 years old on Tuesday.
Goldberg began his TV writing career in the mid-1970s with scripts for "The Bob Newhart Show," "Alice" and "Phyllis." He won his first Emmy in 1979 as a producer of "Lou Grant," which took home the award for best drama series that year.
Three years later, "Family Ties" -- based in part on his own life and in part on those of friends -- premiered on NBC and made a star of Michael J. Fox. After moving behind "The Cosby Show" in 1984-85, it ranked in the Top 5 of the ratings for three straight seasons, peaking at better than 28 million viewers in Season 5. Goldberg won a writing »
Gary David Goldberg, creator of the 1980s NBC sitcom "Family Ties," died Sunday following a battle with brain cancer, according to media reports. He was 68. Born in Brooklyn, Goldberg began writing his career as a writer working for "The Bob Newhart Show," moving on to "The Tony Randall Show" and "Lou Grant," serving as writer and producer on both series. After founding his own production company Ubu Productions (named after his dog, and featuring the line "Sit, Ubu, sit" in the closing credits for its shows; see video below), Goldberg created »
- Tim Kenneally
"Family Ties" creator Gary David Goldberg, a two-time Emmy winner, died on Saturday (June 23) at his home in Montecito, California. According to media reports, the 68-year-old Goldberg died of cancer. Goldberg got his start in Hollywood writing and producing on "The Tony Randall Show" and "Lou Grant," winning the first of his Emmys for that Ed Asner vehicle. "Family Ties," which premiered in 1982, starred Michael J. Fox, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Michael Gross and Tina Yothers. The generation gap comedy developed into both a popular success, boosted by a pairing with "The Cosby Show" in 1984, and an »
- Daniel Fienberg
Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of the iconic “Must-See TV” sitcom “Family Ties” who also branched out into directing features, died Sunday of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif. He was 68.
Introduced in 1982, “Family Ties” became one of the linchpins of NBC’s successful Thursday-night lineup and made Michael J. Fox — who will return to the network in the fall — a star. The series ran for seven seasons, earning Goldberg a writing Emmy. He won another during a stint on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” spinoff “Lou Grant.”
“Basically, those parents are me and Diana,” Goldberg explained during an interview with the Archive of American Television regarding the genesis of “Family Ties,” referring to his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan, and their hippie roots.
Goldberg initially resisted the choice of Fox, as did then-nbc Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff, who famously said he couldn’t picture the actor’s face on a lunchbox. »
- Brian Lowry
Interesting news has emerged that could either turn out to be comedy gold or one of the biggest mistakes in TV history. According to Deadline, Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, Boss) and Martin Lawrence (Bad Boys, Big Momma’s House) are in talks to star in a new TV comedy together. Whilst this seems like a rather peculiar pairing, that is indeed the whole point.
The TV series is to thought to be in a similar vein to the 1970’s The Odd Couple show starring Tony Randall (The Tony Randall Show) and Jack Klugman (Quincy) as two very different men who shared an apartment. The show relied on the obvious comedic conflicts that arose between the two men and was very popular, running between 1970 and 1975 on ABC.
If this show is to go ahead it would mark a welcomed return to comedy for Kelsey Grammer who up until recently starred in TV »
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