The death of television legend Steven Bochco today at age 74 has elicited an outpouring of remembrances from throughout Hollywood and popular culture.
Bochco helped create the modern notion of television with shows such as Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and the peak achievement of his 10-Emmy career, NYPD Blue.
Below are some of the reactions coming in tonight on Twitter. Many are from writers, producers and showrunners, a great many of whom consider Bochco a major influence. We will continue to add more as they inevitably keep coming. Deadline’s Mike Fleming also spoke with Bochco vets Ted Mann, Nicholas Wootton and Matt Olmstead, and Nellie Andreeva has reaction from Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden. A close friend of Bochco’s, Walden called him “a genius and a giant in our business.”
Sharon Lawrence, who played Sylvia Costas Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, tweeted, “It was his vision, style, taste and tenacity that made me love watching TV. It was being on #NYPDBlue that made me love working on TV. Thank you and rest well Steven Bochco. You were one of a kind.”
“Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed,” said Steven Spielberg. “We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.
“A devastating loss. For television,” David E. Kelley said about the death of Bochco. “For those who loved him and were loved by him. My beacon, my friend. The ground feels different now.”