Rob DesHotel Dies: TV Writer-Producer Of ‘Man With a Plan’, ‘That ’70s Show’ Was 52

Rob DesHotel
Rob Deshotel via Twitter

Rob DesHotel, writer/co-executive producer of CBS’ comedy series Man with a Plan, has passed away. He died suddenly yesterday of a suspected heart attack. The veteran TV writer-producer was 52.

Known mostly for his comedy series work, DesHotel segued seamlessly between half-hour and hourlong shows throughout his career.

He landed his first staff writing job on the NBC comedy series Hope & Gloria. DesHotel went on to work on the first two seasons of Joss Whedon’s WB drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer¬†as story editor and executive story editor. He then joined Fox multi-camera comedy series That 70s Show at the start of Season 2 as co-producer and stayed on until the series’ end after eight seasons, rising to executive producer.

For the past decade, DesHotel worked on a string of CBS comedy series, Gary Unmarried, Mad Love, Mike & Molly and, most recently on the Matt LeBlanc starrer Man with a Plan, which he joined at the beginning of the second season as co-executive producer. The show’s third season, featuring DesHotel’s final work, premieres Feb. 4.

During a break from CBS, DesHotel did stints on the HBO drama True Blood and Fox comedy I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

DesHotel, hailed by friends as a genuinely nice guy liked by everybody, is survived by his wife, ABC Studios casting executive Emily DesHotel, and their two children.

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