`Hill Street Blues' Creator Steven Bochco Dead at 74

Writer-producer Steven Bochco speaks at the ceremony honoring television producer David Milch with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

`Hill Street Blues' Creator Steven Bochco Dead at 74

Bochco, who was the mastermind behind beloved shows such as NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, and L.A. Law, died of complications from cancer after battling leukemia for years.

A family spokesman told CNN that the 10-time Emmy Award victor died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday morning surrounded by loved ones after battling leukemia for years. "He died peacefully in his sleep (at home) with his family close by".

In addition to his three most famous shows, the 10-time Emmy Award victor also was behind the Neil Patrick Harris ABC comedy-drama "Doogie Howser, M.D." and the TNT drama "Murder in the First". Bochco's spokesman, Phillip Arnold, had this to say.

Steven Bochco was 74 years old. But when he was asked why he would gamble on a police musical drama like Cop Rock with the potential of his landmark 10-series deal with ABC, Bochco once joked, "With my deal, how could I not?" "The DNA for quality drama at NBC was created by Steven Bochco and all of broadcasting would join NBC and covet what Steven was capable of doing". Bochco first found success with the police drama Hill Street Blues, which he developed for NBC with the understanding that he be allowed to do whatever he wanted with the pilot episode. "We were long-term colleagues, and longer term friends, and I am deeply saddened".

The hit TV series "Hill Street Blues" was nominated for 27 Emmys in its first year.

During his extensive and illustrious tenure in television, Bochco received a staggering 30 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, ten of which he won, as well as four Peabodys.

Hill Street Blues had a sprawling universe of engaging yet flawed characters, a zippy pace and layers of overlapping, scripted dialogue, shot in a documentary style. I'll forever be grateful to him.

Many other Hollywood personalities also spoke on the loss of Steven Bochco. "We used all of it".

Born in New York City in 1943, Bochco started working in TV under Universal while at NYU, and got a job with the studio straight out of college. In one of the highest-profile tiffs, his rift with David Caruso during the first season of "NYPD Blue" led to the actor's exit, a considerable gamble for a series in its first season.

He is survived by his third wife, TV producer Dayna Kalins, a daughter, and two sons.

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