At the time, Kalins was the president of his television production company, Steven Bochco Productions, and produced the medical drama "City of Angels". In 1987 he commanded a still-unprecedented six-year, 10-series deal with ABC.
While Doogie Howser, M.D. isn't always referenced as much as some of Bochco's other shows, it's had a rather big cult following over time for just being fun, lighthearted television that brought in an actor the TV world wasn't that familiar with beforehand.
Producer Steven Bochco arrives at the FX Screening of "Over There" at the Zanuck Theater on the Twentieth Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, California, July 24, 2005.
Airing at 10 p.m., "NYPD Blue" offered a glimpse of the occasional bare bottom and saltier language than was usually heard on TV. "Bochco often used the phrase "... and the Republic didn't fall" when asked about the controversy stirred by his shows. "I want to justify the enormous commitment they (ABC) have made to me". He left Universal in 1978 to go to MTM Enterprises where his first effort as a producer was the short-lived CBS police drama "Paris", starring James Earl Jones. NBC was in the ratings cellar at the time, but its patience with prestige programs like "Hill Street" and "Cheers" was rewarded after "The Cosby Show" premiered in 1984, turning its Thursday lineup into a ratings juggernaut. The suit was settled virtually on the courthouse steps on the eve of trial in 2001. Bochco was also famed for butting heads with studio executives and censors, pushing the envelope for what would be allowed on broadcast television. Following a few short-lived series, he co-created "Hill Street" with Michael Kozoll. Bochco never forgot the support he received from Tinker. I don't know how many great projects there are going to be in my life, and I'm not going to screw this one up. Fight their battles for them.
A spokesman confirmed Bochco death in a statement to E!