The Info List - Steven Bochco

Steven Ronald Bochco (December 16, 1943 – April 1, 2018) was a television producer and writer. He developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards

4.1 Emmy Awards 4.2 Humanitas Prize 4.3 Edgar Awards 4.4 Directors Guild of America 4.5 Writers Guild of America 4.6 Peabody Awards

5 Bibliography 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Bochco was born to a Jewish family[1] in New York City, the son of Mimi, a painter, and Rudolph Bochco, a concert violinist.[2][3] He was educated in Manhattan
at the High School of Music and Art. His elder sister is actress Joanna Frank. In 1961, he enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology
Carnegie Institute of Technology
(after merging with the Mellon Institute
Mellon Institute
in 1967, now known as Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh to study playwriting and theater. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theater
in 1966, having also had an MCA Writing Fellowship.[4] Career[edit]

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Bochco went to work for Universal Pictures as a writer and then story editor on Ironside, Columbo, McMillan & Wife, and the short-lived Lorne Greene
Lorne Greene
and Ben Murphy
Ben Murphy
series, Griff, as well as Delvecchio and The Invisible Man. He wrote the story and teleplay for Columbo: Murder by the book (1971), and the teleplays for several other episodes. He wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film The Counterfeit Killer and worked on Silent Running
Silent Running
(1972) and Double Indemnity (1973). He left Universal in 1978 to go to MTM Enterprises
MTM Enterprises
where he had greater scope for producing. His first effort there was the short-lived CBS
police drama Paris, notable as the first series on which James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
played a lead role. He achieved major success for NBC
with the police drama Hill Street Blues. It ran from 1981-87 and Bochco was credited as co-creator and also wrote and produced. The series also garnered considerable critical acclaim and many awards, and was nominated for a total of 98 Emmy Awards throughout its run. Bochco was fired from MTM in 1985 following the failure of Bay City Blues
Bay City Blues
(1983). Bochco moved to 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
where he co-created and produced L.A. Law (1986–94) which aired on NBC. This series was also widely acclaimed and a regular award winner. In 1987, Bochco co-created the half-hour dramedy Hooperman which starred John Ritter
John Ritter
but was canceled after two seasons, despite Bochco offering to take over direct day-to-day control of a third season. Hooperman was part of a lucrative deal with ABC in 1987 to create and produce ten new television series, which prompted Bochco to form Steven Bochco Productions.[a] From this deal came Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
(1989–93) and Cop Rock
Cop Rock
(1990). The latter combined straight police drama with live-action Broadway singing and dancing, and was one of his highest-profile failures. In 1992, Bochco created an animated television series, Capitol Critters, along with Nat Mauldin and Michael Wagner. After a lull, Bochco co-created NYPD Blue
(1993–2005) with David Milch. Initially controversial at the time, the series was created with the express intention of changing the nature of network one-hour drama to compete with the more adult fare broadcast on cable networks. Other projects in this period that failed to take off include Murder One (1995–97), Brooklyn South
Brooklyn South
(1997), City of Angels (2000), Philly (2001), and Over There (2005). All five shows failed to match Bochco's earlier success though Murder One and Over There garnered critical praise. In 2005, Bochco took charge of Commander in Chief (2005–06) which was the creation of Rod Lurie
Rod Lurie
and brought in a new writing team. However, in spring 2006, he left the show because of conflicts with ABC, and shortly afterward the program was canceled. Bochco described his experience on the show as "horrible".[5] In 2006 Bochco produced a pilot ABC show, Hollis & Rae,[6] and was reported at the same time to be developing a baseball drama and another legal drama for ABC in partnership with Chris Gerolmo.[citation needed] It was announced in March 2007 that he has taken his first steps into internet TV with the 44-episode Cafe Confidential, each episode being 60-seconds of unscripted "confessions" by members of the public.[7] Yet another legal drama entitled Raising the Bar was produced for TNT, this time in partnership with David Feige, although it was cancelled in December 2009 during the second season.[8][9] According to an interview with Bochco published in September 2007, he is now winding down his involvement with network television, feeling that his tastes and current fashions in TV drama no longer coincide.[5] "The network executives stay the same age and I keep getting older and it creates a different kind of relationship. When I was doing my stuff at NBC
with Brandon (Tartikoff) and Hill Street, we were contemporaries," says Bochco.[10] "When I sit down (now), they're sitting in a room with someone who's old enough to be their father and I'm not sure they want to sit in a room with their fathers."[10] In 2008, Bochco argued that the new home for quality prime time drama is cable, where "the atmosphere is far friendlier and the creative environment more conducive to doing original work", and that "most of what's passing for primetime drama these days isn't very good".[11] Prior to Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
it was rare for American straight drama series to have story arcs, i.e. several stories running over many episodes (with the exception of prime time soap operas such as Dallas). It was also rare to have a large regular cast. The structure of the modern "ensemble" television drama can be traced to Bochco, who many regard as having changed the "language" of television drama.[citation needed] From 2014 to its cancellation in 2016, he wrote and executive produced Murder in the First, a series drama which he co-created with Eric Lodal.[12] Personal life[edit] In 1970, he married actress Barbara Bosson, who appeared as a regular on Hill Street Blues. They had two children before divorcing in 1997. In later years he was married to Dayna Kalins (m. August 12, 2000). His son, Jesse Bochco, by Bosson, was a producer/director on NYPD Blue and directed the pilot episode of Raising the Bar. Jesse Bochco also appeared as Captain Furillo's son, Frank Jr. (with Bosson playing his mother) on Hill Street Blues. Jesse has directed several episodes of his father's shows, including NYPD Blue, Philly, and Over There. Bochco was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, requiring a bone marrow transplant later that year.[13] He died from the disease on April 1, 2018.[14] Awards[edit] Emmy Awards[edit]

1981 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues 1981 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues, "Hill Street Station" (premiere episode) 1982 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues 1982 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues, "Freedom's Last Stand" 1983 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues 1984 Outstanding Drama Series, for Hill Street Blues 1987 Outstanding Drama Series, for L.A. Law 1987 Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, for L.A. Law, "The Venus Butterfly" 1989 Outstanding Drama Series, for L.A. Law 1995 Outstanding Drama Series, for NYPD Blue

Humanitas Prize[edit]

1981 60-minute Category, for Hill Street Blues 1999 90-Minute Category, for NYPD Blue

Edgar Awards[edit]

1982 Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay, for Hill Street Blues, "Hill Street Station" 1995 Best Episode in a TV Series Teleplay, for NYPD Blue, "Simone Says"

Directors Guild of America[edit]

1999 Diversity Award

Writers Guild of America[edit]

1994 Laurel Award for TV Writing Achievement

Peabody Awards[edit]

1981 for Hill Street Blues[15] 1987 for L.A. Law[16] 1996 for NYPD Blue[17] 1998 for NYPD Blue, the episode "Raging Bulls"[18]

In addition to these awards, Bochco has earned induction into the Television
Hall of Fame, which he achieved in 1996. Bibliography[edit]

Death by Hollywood: A Novel (2003). New York: Random House. ISBN 978-1-4000-6156-3.


^ An animated photograph of Bochco's own father, violinist Rudolph Bochco, served as the logo for Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
Productions; the music played over both the animated photograph and the 20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox
logo was a brief segment from Movement 3, the "Presto" movement, of Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "L'estate", the "Summer" concerto of Antonio Vivaldi's cycle The Four Seasons.


^ Jewish Journal: "Change of Command on ‘Commander in Chief’" by Naomi Pfefferman October 13, 2005 ^ " Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
Biography (1943-)". www.filmreference.com.  ^ "Rudolph Bochco, 77, Violinist; Appeared With Top Artists". New York Times.  ^ "The Museum of Broadcast Communications - Encyclopedia of Television - Bochco, Steven". www.museum.tv.  ^ a b Gay, Verne. "He's not blue about leaving network TV". The Boston Globe, September 5, 2007. Accessed 2 July 2009. ^ "Hollis & Rae". TV.com.  ^ Cafe Confidential. Metacafe; accessed July 2, 2009. ^ "Hollywood Reporter - Entertainment News". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ Brookes, Emily. "Bochco takes TNT to court". C21 Media, January 25, 2008; accessed July 2, 2009. ^ a b Gay, Verne (September 5, 2007). "He's not blue about leaving network TV". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2018.  ^ Schneider, Michael. "Leno's early shift rocks primetime". Variety, December 12, 2008. Accessed 2 July 2009. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 19, 2013). TNT Orders Ten Episodes of Steven Bochco Drama 'Murder In The First' Starring Taye Diggs & Kathleen Robertson, TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
via TNT press release. Retrieved September 20, 2013. ^ "Legendary TV Producer Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
Meets Donor Who Helped Him Beat Near-Fatal Leukemia: "I Feel Fortunate to Be Alive"".  ^ Barnes, Mike (April 1, 2018). "Steven Bochco, Creative Force Behind 'Hill Street Blues,' 'L.A. Law' and 'NYPD Blue,' Dies at 74". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 1, 2018.  ^ 41st Annual Peabody Awards, June 1982 ^ 47th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1988. ^ 56th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1997. ^ 58th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1999.

External links[edit]

Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
on IMDb Biography at Museum TV Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
interview video at the Archive of American Television

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series created or produced by Steven Bochco

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye
Richie Brockelman, Private Eye
(1978) Paris (1979) Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues
(1981–1987) Bay City Blues
Bay City Blues
(1983) Hooperman (1987–1989) L.A. Law
L.A. Law
(1986–1994) Doogie Howser, M.D.
Doogie Howser, M.D.
(1989–1993) Cop Rock
Cop Rock
(1990) Civil Wars (1991–1993) Capitol Critters (1992) NYPD Blue
(1993–2005) The Byrds of Paradise
The Byrds of Paradise
(1994) Public Morals (1996) Murder One (1995–1997) Brooklyn South
Brooklyn South
(1997–1998) Total Security (1997) City of Angels (2000) Philly (2001–2002) Blind Justice (2005) Over There (2005) Commander in Chief (2005–2006) Hollis & Rae (2006) Raising the Bar (2008–2009) Murder in the First (2014–2016)

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BAFTA Fellowship recipients


Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock
(1971) Freddie Young (1972) Grace Wyndham Goldie (1973) David Lean
David Lean
(1974) Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau
(1975) Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(1976) Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1976) Denis Forman (1977) Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann
(1978) Lew Grade
Lew Grade
(1979) Huw Wheldon
Huw Wheldon
(1979) David Attenborough
David Attenborough
(1980) John Huston
John Huston
(1980) Abel Gance
Abel Gance
(1981) Michael Powell
Michael Powell
& Emeric Pressburger
Emeric Pressburger
(1981) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
(1983) Hugh Greene (1984) Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
(1984) Jeremy Isaacs (1985) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1986) Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1987) Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1989) Paul Fox (1990) Louis Malle
Louis Malle
(1991) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1992) David Plowright (1992) Sydney Samuelson (1993) Colin Young (1993) Michael Grade
Michael Grade
(1994) Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1995) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1996) Ronald Neame
Ronald Neame
(1996) John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
(1996) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1996) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1997) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
(1997) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(1997) Oswald Morris (1997) Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter
(1997) David Rose (1997) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1998) Bill Cotton
Bill Cotton
(1998) Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
& Ernie Wise
Ernie Wise
(1999) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1999) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2000) Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
(2000) Peter Bazalgette
Peter Bazalgette


Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(2001) John Thaw
John Thaw
(2001) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2002) Merchant Ivory Productions (2002) Andrew Davies (2002) John Mills
John Mills
(2002) Saul Zaentz
Saul Zaentz
(2003) David Jason (2003) John Boorman
John Boorman
(2004) Roger Graef (2004) John Barry (2005) David Frost
David Frost
(2005) David Puttnam
David Puttnam
(2006) Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2006) Anne V. Coates (2007) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2007) Will Wright (2007) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(2008) Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
(2008) Dawn French
Dawn French
& Jennifer Saunders
Jennifer Saunders
(2009) Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(2009) Nolan Bushnell
Nolan Bushnell
(2009) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2010) Shigeru Miyamoto
Shigeru Miyamoto
(2010) Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg
(2010) Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
(2011) Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux
(2011) Trevor McDonald (2011) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
(2012) Rolf Harris
Rolf Harris
(2012) Alan Parker
Alan Parker
(2013) Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
(2013) Michael Palin
Michael Palin
(2013) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2014) Rockstar Games
Rockstar Games
(2014) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2014) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(2015) David Braben (2015) Jon Snow (2015) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(2016) John Carmack
John Carmack
(2016) Ray Galton & Alan Simpson (2016) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(2017) Joanna Lumley
Joanna Lumley
(2017) Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series


Reginald Rose for Twelve Angry Men (1955) Rod Serling
Rod Serling
(1960) Rod Serling
Rod Serling
(1961) Reginald Rose (1962) Robert Thom / Reginald Rose for "The Madman" (1963) Ernest Kinoy for "Blacklist" and Rod Serling
Rod Serling
for "It's Mental Work" (1964) David Karp for "The 700 Year Old Gang" (1965) Millard Lampell for "Eagle in a Cage" (1966) Bruce Geller for "Mission: Impossible" (1967) Loring Mandel for "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (1968) JP Miller
JP Miller
for "The People Next Door" (1969) Richard Levinson & William Link for "My Sweet Charlie" (1970) Joel Oliansky for "To Taste of Death But Once" (1971) Richard Levinson & William Link for "Death Lends a Hand" (1972) John McGreevey for "The Scholar" (1973) Joanna Lee for "The Thanksgiving Story" (1974) Howard Fast
Howard Fast
for "Benjamin Franklin: The Ambassador" (1975)


Sherman Yellen for "John Adams: Lawyer" (1976) William Blinn & Ernest Kinoy for "Show #2" (1977) Gerald Green for "Holocaust" (1978) Michele Gallery for "Dying" (1979) Seth Freeman for "Cop" (1980) Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll for "Hill Street Station" (1981) Steven Bochco, Michael Kozoll, Jeff Lewis, Michael I. Wagner, Anthony Yerkovich for "Freedom's Last Stand" (1982) David Milch
David Milch
for "Trial by Fury" (1983) Tom Fontana, John Masius, John Ford Noonan for "The Women" (1984) Patricia Green for "Who Said It's Fair, Part 2" (1985) Tom Fontana, John Masius, Joe Tinker for "Time Heals, Parts I & II" (1986) Steven Bochco, Terry Louise Fisher for "The Venus Butterfly" (1987) Paul Haggis, Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz
for "Business as Usual" (1988) Joseph Dougherty for "First Day/Last Day" (1989) David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley
for "Blood, Sweat, and Fears" (1990) David E. Kelley
David E. Kelley
for "On the Toad Again" (1991) Diane Frolov / Andrew Schneider for "Seoul Mates" (1992) Tom Fontana for "Three Men and Adena" (1993) Ann Biderman for "Steroid Roy" (1994) Lance A. Gentile for "Love's Labor Lost" (1995) Darin Morgan
Darin Morgan
for "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" (1996) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
/ David Milch
David Milch
/ Michael R. Perry for "Where's Swaldo?" (1997) Bill Clark
Bill Clark
/ Nicholas Wootton
Nicholas Wootton
/ David Milch
David Milch
for "Lost Israel: Part II" (1998) David Chase
David Chase
/ James Manos Jr. for "College" (1999) Rick Cleveland & Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
for "In Excelsis Deo" (2000)


Mitchell Burgess & Robin Green for "Employee of the Month" (2001) Robert Cochran / Joel Surnow for "12:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m." (2002) Mitchell Burgess & David Chase
David Chase
& Robin Green for "Whitecaps" (2003) Terence Winter
Terence Winter
for "Long Term Parking" (2004) David Shore
David Shore
for "Three Stories" (2005) Terence Winter
Terence Winter
for "Members Only" (2006) David Chase
David Chase
for "Made in America" (2007) Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (2008) Kater Gordon & Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
for "Meditations in an Emergency" (2009) Erin Levy & Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner
for "Shut the Door. Have a Seat." (2010) Jason Katims
Jason Katims
for "Always" (2011) Alex Gansa
Alex Gansa
& Howard Gordon
Howard Gordon
& Gideon Raff
Gideon Raff
for "Pilot (Homeland)" (2012) Henry Bromell for "Q&A" (2013) Moira Walley-Beckett
Moira Walley-Beckett
for "Ozymandias" (2014) David Benioff
David Benioff
& D. B. Weiss
D. B. Weiss
for "Mother's Mercy" (2015) David Benioff
David Benioff
& D. B. Weiss
D. B. Weiss
for "Battle of the Bastards" (2016) Bruce Miller for "Offred" (2017)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama (1980–1989)

Stephen J. Cannell for "Tenspeed and Brown Shoe" (1980) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
& Michael Kozoll for "Hill Street Station" (1981) Michael Wagner for "The World According to Freedom" (1982) David Milch
David Milch
for "Trial By Fury" (1983) Steven Bochco
Steven Bochco
& Mark Frost & Karen Hall & Jeff Lewis & David Milch
David Milch
& Michael Wagner for "Grace Under Pressure" (1984) Georgia Jeffries for "An Unusual Occurrence" / Anthony Yerkovich for "Brother's Keeper" (1985) Debra Frank & Carl Sautter for "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" / Tom Fontana & John Masius & Bruce Paltrow for "Remembrance of Things Past" (1986) Georgia Jeffries for "Turn, Turn, Turn" / Debra Frank & Carl Sautter for "It's a Wonderful Job" (1987) Susan Shilliday for "Therapy" / Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz
& Edward Zwick for "Pilot" (thirtysomething) (1988) Karl Schaefer for "Rolling" (1989)

Complete list 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s

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Hall of Fame Class of 1996

Edward Asner Steven Bochco Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner Charles Kuralt Angela Lansbury Aaron Spelling Lew Wasserman

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