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Stephen J. Cannell

by Deborah Harter Williams



It was 1974 and the television industry was coming off of a three-month writers’ strike. Stephen J. Cannell was working on police drama, Toma (Tony Musante) when he and Executive Producer Roy Huggins (Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive) realized that they had a problem. Though they were producing as fast as they could to make up time, the fifth episode was going to be in the lab when it was supposed to be on the air.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This past week the mystery and television world lost one of the greats, Stephen J. Cannell. One of TV’s most prolific screenwriters and producers, he was involved in creating over 40 TV shows and has left behind an incredible legacy having written 450 TV episodes and produced or executive-produced more than 1500 episodes.

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