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Thad Mumford, 'M*A*S*H' and 'Alf' Writer and Producer, Dies at 67

Thad Mumford, a pioneering African-American writer and producer on series including M*A*S*H, The Cosby Show, Maude and Alf, has died. He was 67.

Mumford died Sept. 6 in Silver Spring, Maryland, his cousin John Sims announced. A cause of death was not reported. 

Mumford, who won an Emmy in 1973 for outstanding achievement in children's programming for his work on The Electric Company and was nominated three other times, also wrote for an array of other programs, including Good Times, Roots: The Next Generation, The Cosby Show, Coach, Sesame Street, Clarissa Explains It All, Home Improvement, NYPD Blue and Blue's Clues.

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‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy

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‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy
Twenty-five years ago, audiences were captivated by a most arresting and original spin on a TV staple — the police drama. Steven Bochco, who was already well-known as one of television’s chief innovators and reinventors thanks to high-quality series like “Paris,” “L.A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, co-created “NYPD Blue.” This was his second reinvention of the genre (he was also responsible for “Hill Street Blues”), but in teaming up with David Milch the envelope was pushed even farther.

Not only would “NYPD Blue” pioneer a grittier, more frenetic storytelling style with the use of regularly jerky and very verite handheld camera, it would challenge long-established broadcast network limits regarding violence, nudity and four-letter words. Of course, the road for such a disruptive new approach would not be an easy one, with high drama playing out both among the opposition to the game-changing series and within its own ranks before
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Emmys In Memoriam: Fond Farewell To Late-Great Stars & Industry Vets

Emmys In Memoriam: Fond Farewell To Late-Great Stars & Industry Vets
The Emmys paid their final respects tonight to dozens of industry notables who died over the past year, including 10-time Emmy-winning writer-producer Steven Bochco, who employed half the town on such shows as Hill Street Blues, La Law and NYPD Blue; five-time Emmy-winner Anthony Bourdain, whose suicide shocked his friends and fans; and three-time winning actress and humanitarian Nanette Fabray. Sen. John McCain also was honored, as was Neil Simon and Aretha Franklin, whose moving rendition of “Amazing Grace” was played throughout.

Presented by Tina Fey, the In Memoriam portion of the show also paid tribute to dozens of actors including Burt Reynolds, Rose Marie, Jim Nabors, Della Reese, Jerry Van Dyke, Charlotte Rae, Bill Daily and David Cassidy. Emmy-winning actors Robert Guillaume, Reg E. Cathey and Olivia Cole also were honored.

David Ogden Stiers, who was nominated for three Emmys – twice for his role as Major Charles Emerson Winchester
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam remembers Anthony Bourdain, Burt Reynolds but who was left out?
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony was tearful as beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan were part of the annual tribute.

SEEEmmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

But who was missing from the memoriam this time? Some of those surprising omissions included:

Marty Allen (actor/comedian)

Peter Baldwin (director)

Brent Briscoe (actor)

Dushon Monique Brown (actor)

Frank Buxton (writer/director)

Joseph Campanella (actor)

Olivia Cole (actor)

Vic Damone (actor/singer)

Bradford Dillman (actor)

Roy Dotrice (actor)

John Dunsworth (actor)

Harlan Ellison (writer)

Nanette Fabray (actor)

Dominic Frontiere (composer)

Michael Gershman (cinematographer)

Billy Graham (host)

Vanessa Greene (producer)

Doug Grindstaff (sound editor)

John Hillerman (actor)

Rance Howard (actor)

Tab Hunter (actor)

Earle Hyman (actor)

Anne Jeffreys (actor)

Margot Kidder (actor)

Louise Latham
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Thad Mumford, Emmy-Winning ‘M*A*S*H’ Writer and Producer, Dies at 67

Thad Mumford, an Emmy-winning TV writer and producer on such ’70s and ’80s hits as “The Electric Company,” “M*A*S*H,” “Alf” and “A Different World,” has died at age 67.

Mumford died on Sept. 6 in Silver Spring, Maryland, his sister-in-law Donna Coleman told TheWrap.

Mumford, who shared an Emmy Award in 1973 for his writing work on the children’s show “The Electric Company,” had a remarkable career in television at a time when few African-Americans were given opportunities in the industry.

Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)

Together with his longtime writing partner Dan Wilcox, Mumford worked on some of the biggest hit sitcoms of the 1970s and ’80s, including the final three seasons of “M*A*S*H,” as well as “Alf,” “Good Times,” “Maude” and “The Cosby Show.”

He also served as a writer and producer on four seasons of the Cosby spinoff “A Different World.”

He continued working well into the ’90s,
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Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends

Emmys 2018: In Memoriam to honor Burt Reynolds, Anthony Bourdain, Jim Nabors and over 50 more TV legends
The special “In Memoriam” segment on the 2018 Emmy Awards ceremony will be especially tearful this year. Beloved television legends Steven Bochco, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Guillaume, Monty Hall, John Mahoney, Jim Nabors, Charlotte Rae, Burt Reynolds, Neil Simon and Craig Zadan will certainly be just a few people honored with in a musical tribute.

Let’s take a look back at these TV icons as well as over 50 others who have died since mid-September last year. Many will be included in the memoriam for the live Emmys ceremony hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost for NBC on September 17.

SEECelebrity Deaths 2018: In Memoriam Gallery

Bochco died on April 1 at age 74. The 10-time Emmy winner was the creator of such TV classics as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bourdain died in France on June
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Director Daniel Sackheim Signs With Circle Of Confusion

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Director Daniel Sackheim Signs With Circle Of Confusion
Emmy-winning director Daniel Sackheim has signed with Circle of Confusion for management.

Sackheim is known for his work as director and executive producer on such series as The Americans, House and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He is currently a drama series directing nominee for Ozark, a category he won in 1994 for NYPD Blue. His series directing credits also include Game of Thrones, The First, Better Call Saul, The Leftovers, The Man in the High Castle, The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, and the upcoming third season of True Detective.

In addition to his television work, Sackheim directed the Sony feature film The Glass House, starring Leelee Sobieski, Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard, and produced The X-Files Movie: Fight The Future for 20th Century Fox.

Sackheim is also repped by CAA and Jared Levine of Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine.
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Fox Sets ‘The Passage’, ‘The Orville’, ‘Family Guy’ & More For New York Comic Con

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Fox Sets ‘The Passage’, ‘The Orville’, ‘Family Guy’ & More For New York Comic Con
Twentieth Century Fox TV is invading New York Comic Con with their new fantasy thriller The Passage, The Orville, The Gifted as well as their fan-favorite animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad!

Deadline exclusively reported that Fox’s Marvel series The Gifted would be headed to the East Coast fanboy/fangirl confab, but in addition to the X-drama, Fox will tease the second season of Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi dramedy The Orville and Nycc will get a sneak peek of Fox’s adaptation of the book trilogy The Passage starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Gosselaar is expected to appear on the panels at the Javits Convention Center and Hammerstein Ballroom along with Amy Acker, Dee Bradley Baker, Coby Bell, Grace Byers, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Scott Grimes, Mike Henry, Penny Johnson Jerald, Rachael MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Vincent Piazza, Saniyya Sidney, Wendy Schaal, Sean Teale, Patrick Warburton Executive Producers: Rich Appel,
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TVLine Items: Morgan Freeman's Story Continues, Kidding Preview and More

TVLine Items: Morgan Freeman's Story Continues, Kidding Preview and More
There will be more chapters in The Story of God after all: National Geographic is resuming production on Season 3 of the documentary travel series after completing an investigation into alleged sexual harassment by host Morgan Freeman.

In a statement to our sister site Deadline, Nat Geo says its investigation “revealed no incidents of concern during any of our work with Mr. Freeman,” so “we have now made the decision to move forward with the production” of Season 3, which is expected to debut in 2019.

The Story of God sends the Oscar-winning actor across the globe to trace how the world’s
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When co-stars collide at the Emmys: Drama Actor pits two pairs against each other

When co-stars collide at the Emmys: Drama Actor pits two pairs against each other
Some TV shows have such a wealth of great performances that several of the cast end up competing against one another in the same category at the Emmy Awards. This year, two shows — “This Is Us” and “Westworld” — can each boast of two leading men vying for Best Drama Actor with Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia representing the former and Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright the latter.

This throws up an interesting dynamic given that Emmy voters no longer rank the nominees but choose just one winner. Will they split the votes for each show or be so torn as which actor to choose that they end up voting for Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) or Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), the only two nominees not competing against a co-star? Rhys is ranked second on our Best Drama Actor chart behind reigning champ Brown. In third is Wright while Ventimiglia is fourth and Harris is last,
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YouTube Orders Comedy Pilot ‘It’s A Man’s World’ From Theresa Rebeck, Christina Wayne & ITV Studios America

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Exclusive: YouTube has given a pilot order to It’s a Man’s World (working title), a provocative half-hour comedy taking on gender inequality in the gaming industry. It is written by Smash creator Theresa Rebeck and produced by Christina Wayne’s Assembly Entertainment in association with ITV Studios America.

It’s a Man’s World, written by Rebeck with an original script by Heidi Schreck (Billions), centers on Emma, a successful video game design executive and the sole breadwinner for her family who is used to dodging the land mines that come with being a woman in a male-dominated field.

When she gets fired without explanation and finds that she’s being blacklisted by everyone in her industry, Emma decides to dress as a man to get a new job and to continue supporting her family. As strange and politically incorrect as Emma’s new life may be, she
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‘Bosch’: Jacqueline Obradors To Recur In Season 5 Of Amazon Drama Series

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‘Bosch’: Jacqueline Obradors To Recur In Season 5 Of Amazon Drama Series
NYPD Blue alumna Jacqueline Obradors is set for a key recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of Amazon’s Bosch.

Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling novels, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as homicide Detective Harry Bosch, Jamie Hector as Jerry Edgar, Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets, Madison Lintz as Maddie Bosch and Lance Reddick as Deputy Chief Irvin Irving.

Obradors will play the fast learning and good at hiding her nerves, Detective Christina Vega, who’s been brought up to work in homicide. She feels the promotion has been a long time coming and is determined to prove her worth as quickly as possible.

Bosch is produced by Fabrik Entertainment, a Red Arrow Studios company. The series was developed for television by Eric Overmyer and is executive produced by Daniel Pyne, Overmyer, Henrik Bastin, Pieter Jan Brugge, John Mankiewicz, Connelly, Henrik Pabst, Jan David Frouman and Elle Johnson. Welliver also serves as Producer.

Obradors is known for her lead role as Detective Rita Ortiz in ABC crime drama series NYPD Blue. Other credits include major roles in Franklin and Bash, Lopez, Six Days and Seven Nights, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and A Man Apart. She’s repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Kmr & Associates.
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Dreams Starts Streaming ‘X-Files,’ ‘Batman’ & ‘NYPD Blue’ As Vertical Video (Exclusive)

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Dreams Starts Streaming ‘X-Files,’ ‘Batman’ & ‘NYPD Blue’ As Vertical Video (Exclusive)
New York-based mobile video startup Dreams is adding three new shows to its TV streaming service: The company is scheduled to add new episodes of the “X-Files,” “NYPD Blue” and the original 1960s classic “Batman” to its mobile video app starting this Thursday.

New episodes of each show will be added to the service every week. Each and every episode will be available as a vertical video, optimized for TV viewing on the go.

Dreams launched with a catalog of unscripted TV programming in May, and has since streamed shows from partners like Animal Planet, Hgtv, Food Network and Discovery Channel, as well as live news from Bloomberg.

“We wanted to redesign TV for the phone,” said co-founder Greg Hochmuth during a recent interview with Variety. This included taking the best things from traditional TV, like long-form content and scheduled programming for lean-back viewing, and optimize it for mobile screens
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Anjelica Huston & Bill Pullman are trigger happy siblings in Trouble trailer

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It looks as if the Hatfields and the McCoys are in for some fierce competition, as Anjelica Huston and Bill Pullman are set to play two middle-aged siblings engaged in a feud over their father's estate in Trouble. Directed and written by Theresa Rebeck, Trouble tells the story of Maggie (Anjelica Huston) and Ben (Bill Pullman) a brother and sister duo who don't... Read More...
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Emmy-Nominated Writer Liz Sarnoff Inks Overall Deal With Universal Cable Prods.

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Writer-showrunner Liz Sarnoff (Lost) has signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions.

Sarnoff, who has been switching between drama and comedy, is currently writing for the second season of HBO’s comedy series Barry. For her work on the first season of the breakout hit, Sarnoff received an Emmy nomination for writing the ‘Loud, Fast, and Keep Going.’ episode. She also is expected to share in Barry‘s best comedy series nomination.

Sarnoff recently created and executive produced the TNT pilot Highland starring Margaret Cho and directed by Nisha Ganatra. I hear the project is currently being shopped by Tomorrow Studios and has been getting interest, with Ucp poised to come on board as co-producer if it’s picked up.

Sarnoff rose through the ranks on HBO’s Deadwood and ABC’s Lost, sharing in best drama series Emmy nominations for both shows. She went on to co-create Bad
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TVLine Items: NCIS: New Orleans Casts Grimm Vet, Jon Cryer on W&G and More

TVLine Items: NCIS: New Orleans Casts Grimm Vet, Jon Cryer on W&G and More
Scott Bakula has a new adversary on NCIS: New Orleans: Reggie Lee — who played Sergeant Wu on NBC’s Grimm — will recur during Season 5 of the CBS drama as Assistant Special Agent in Charge Steven Thompson, our sister site Deadline reports.

Thompson butts heads with Bakula’s Pride as a result of their different approaches to their workload.

NCIS: New Orleans Season 5 premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c on CBS.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Two and a Half Men vet Jon Cryer will play himself in an episode of Will & Grace, as part
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Liz Sarnoff (‘Barry’) on being the ‘one drama writer in the room full of comedy writers’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Liz Sarnoff (‘Barry’) on being the ‘one drama writer in the room full of comedy writers’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Liz Sarnoff has been nominated at the Emmys for producing Best Drama Series nominees “Deadwood” and “Lost” and has also worked on such dramas as “The Leftovers,” “Marco Polo” and “NYPD Blue,” but it was for the comedy “Barry” that she finally received her first writing nomination this year. Sarnoff explains in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above), “They wanted to hire one drama writer in the room full of comedy writers because [they] always had the intention that the show was going to go a bit dark and also have a serialized crime story attached.”

SEEBill Hader and Alec Berg Interview: ‘Barry’

Sarnoff is nominated for scripting the penultimate episode — an especially dramatic installment titled “Loud, Fast, and Keep Going” — from the first season of the HBO series about a hit-man who takes up acting. Sarnoff notes, “I had gone to acting school, so for me,
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Will drama directing and writing Emmys go to the same episode for the fourth straight year?

Will drama directing and writing Emmys go to the same episode for the fourth straight year?
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is the odds-on Emmy favorite to win Best Drama Directing, for the episode “After,” and Best Drama Writing, for the episode “June.” This is not surprising since it won both last year and is the reigning Best Drama Series champ, but looking at recent history, we could be a wee off base here. The last three directing and writing Emmys have gone to the same episode from one show.

In 2015, “Game of Thrones” swept both with “Mother’s Mercy” and repeated the feat in 2016 with “Battle of the Bastards.” “Handmaid’s” took directing and writing last year with its pilot. Note that this trend started the first year of the expanded voting system, which replaced the old one in which select peer group members voted for these categories. Before 2015, the last time drama directing and writing went to the same show with the same episode was 1998 with “NYPD Blue,
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Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Killing Eve’) aiming to be sixth solo woman to win Best Drama Writing Emmy

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (‘Killing Eve’) aiming to be sixth solo woman to win Best Drama Writing Emmy
Phoebe Waller-Bridges (“Killing Eve”) is the only female nominee in the Best Drama Writing Emmy field of six. And “six” will also be associated with her should she win because only five other solo women have won the category before.

Since Best Drama Writing was added at the 7th Primetime Emmys in 1955, undergoing various name changes, the category has almost exclusively been a boys’ club. It took 19 years before Joanna Lee became the first individual woman to win, prevailing for “The Waltons.” In 1979, Michele Gallery (“Lou Grant”) joined her, followed by Patricia Green (“Cagney & Lacey”) and Ann Biderman (“NYPD Blue”) in 1994. Twenty long years later, Moira Walley-Beckett ended the drought with a statuette for penning “Ozymandias,” the best episode of “Breaking Bad.”

There were female winners in between Biderman’s and Walley-Beckett’s triumphs, but they all co-wrote their winning scripts with men. Robin Green (“The Sopranos”) shared her 2001 win with Mitchell Burgess,
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Craig Zisk (‘The Looming Tower’ director) felt ‘pressure to honor the people who lost their lives’ on 9/11 [Exclusive Video Interview]

Craig Zisk (‘The Looming Tower’ director) felt ‘pressure to honor the people who lost their lives’ on 9/11 [Exclusive Video Interview]
“Throughout the whole series, we felt the pressure to honor the people who lost their lives and their family members,” reveals “The Looming Tower” director Craig Zisk. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book by Lawrence Wright, the limited series explores how internal conflicts between the FBI and CIA unwittingly set the stage for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Now Zisk is an Emmy nominee for helming the harrowing finale, “9/11.” Watch our exclusive video interview with him above.

See Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) wonders, did we learn anything from 9/11, ‘or are we more divided than ever?’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

In revisiting the al-Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center, Zisk and the rest of the show’s creative team “wanted to make sure that, in each scene, we weren’t doing anything that could possibly offend” the victims and survivors, while still “trying to get at the truth.” That was an emotional task for all involved.
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