The Fox building where the late producer Steven Bocho made television magic with such hit shows as Doogie Howser, M.D. and NYPD Blue has been dedicated to his name. It will henceforth be known as the Steven Bochco Building, with a plaque bearing his trademark signature greeting visitors at its entrance.
On hand to celebrate the dedication were a collection of stars that made those shows sizzle, including Dennis Franz and Kim Delaney of NYPD Blue; Jimmy Smits, Corbin Bernsen, Michael Tucker, Jill Eikenberry and Susan Ruttan of L.A. Law; and James Sikking and Belinda Montgomery of Doogie Howser, M.D.
The ceremony was led by Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Gary Newman, who was joined by Bochco’s wife, Dayna. Bochco died last month at age 74 after a struggle with cancer.
In addition to the above shows, 20th Century Fox helped Bochco produce Hill Street Blues, Cop Rock and Murder One.
“Since his passing, there’s been a lot of talk about Steven’s influence on the medium of television,” Newman said during the dedication. “And I don’t think it can be understated … Now, there are so many successful ensemble dramas with multiple storylines, and they can all trace their lineage back to Steven Bochco and Hill Street Blues and later shows like L.A. Law and NYPD Blue.
“It is no exaggeration to say that it was Steven’s series that blazed the way for the renaissance in television drama that is still flourishing nearly 40 years later,” Newman said. “He leaves behind a lasting legacy of quality series, many of which were created in this building, and filmed on this studio lot.”