Glen A. Larson, To Whom Countless TV Fans Owe A Debt That Can Never Be Repaid, Has Died

Glen A. Larson

Glen A. Larson, left, and RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, at Robin’s Nest estate discussing the possibility of making RECOiL a TV series instead of a movie. Larson’s advice: “An hour and a half of RECOiL is plenty.”

Santa Monica, CA— Prolific television writer and the creator or co-creater of some amazing shows Glen A. Larson died Friday after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 77.

If you watched any television whatsoever between 1975 and 1985, odds are good you saw something he wrote or produced.

Larson was the showrunner and creator or co-creator of such 70s and 80s television gems as “Magnum, PI,” “Manimal,” “Knight Rider,” “Quincy, ME,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Fall Guy.” First getting his start as a singer in the musical group “The Four Preps,” he also wrote many of the songs used as his series’ theme songs. Take a minute to go watch the opening to the “Fall Guy,” and sing along to “The Unknown Stuntman.” We’ll wait, go ahead.

Larson was also adept at adapting films or film genres to being successful on TV. He helped bring galaxy-hopping sic-fi in the same vein as “Star Wars” to TV, with shows like “Galactica” and “Buck Rogers.” In his final years, he was working feverishly to adapt “RECOiL” into a TV series.

He is survived by his third wife, Jeannie, and his nine children: James, Kimberly, Christopher, Glen, Michelle,David, Caroline, Danielle and Nicole. Continue reading

“Cover For Me, Sam:” Jack Klugman Dies

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman, right, on the set of Quincy, M.E. with future RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, left. The two met on the set and were fast friends according to DiMaio. The two spent so much time together, against his will according to Klugman, that they were often referred to as the odd couple.

Los Angeles—Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Klugman died Monday at his home. He was 90.

As a struggling actor in the 1940s, he roomed for a short time with Charles Bronson. For years, both men denied rumors that Bronson’s character in “Death Wish” was based on Klugman.

Klugman first gained fame with his his Emmy-winning turn as Oscar Madison on the television version of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” His success on that program led to his getting a spin-off, the successful “Quincy, M.E.” which showed Oscar after he left the field of sports writing and became the Los Angeles County coroner.

Klugman also appeared on the big screen in the films “12 Angry Men,” “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” “RECOiL” and “The Detective.”
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Coroner Bound And Determined To Find Some Foul Play In Somebody

Burleigh County Medical Examiner Gene Watson claims he purchased these two boxes of toe tags at the same time.

Bismarck, ND—Gene Watson has been the medical examiner for Burleigh County since 1992, and said it’s high time he find something fishy in one of the bodies he examines.

“I mean, the whole reason I became a medical examiner was because of seeing Jack Klugman on ‘Quincy, M.E.’ growing up,” said Watson after just finishing up another autopsy with no visible foul play evident. “Everybody I know who’s in this field, we dream of finding that clue that got missed early on by the bumbling, arrogant detective, and we use that to exonerate the wrongfully accused person. Or we put away the person who really killed ’em.”

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