TV Producer Steve Bocho dies at 74

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In 1987, CBS legend William S. Paley offered the then-44-year-old the job of president of the network's entertainment division. Bochco changed the landscape of television, not once, but multiple times in his almost 50 years in the business. The series cemented Bocho's reputation as a masterful and combative producer.

In 2014, the legendary writer and producer had a bone-marrow transplant which doctors allege helped to prolong his life.

Bochco's rep said details about a memorial service "will be forthcoming".

A family spokesman told the Associated Press that Bochco died in his sleep after a battle with cancer. After attending New York University and Carnegie Mellon University, he went on to write several series for Universal Studios.

Bochco was nominated for 30 Primetime Emmys and won 10, along with four Peabody Awards.

Bochco's ensemble dramas often centered around various subjects pertaining to the law - and gained a reputation for pushing the boundaries in terms of language and nudity that could be shown on broadcast TV. Hill Street Blues debuted in 1981 in last place. The show ran during the Iraq war and engendered plenty of controversies. Next up was L.A. Law, which ran from 1986 to 1994, Doogie Howser, M.D. This deal would include Doogie Howser MD - a dramaedy about a child prodigy who graduated from medical school at the age of 14 - and the series that many consider to be Bochco's greatest accomplishment, NYPD Blue.

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Debra Messing posted, "So sad to hear of Steven Bochco's passing". When asked about it, he claimed that it wasn't a production style at all and instead insisted that it was a lifestyle.

"There will be an bad lot of angry people if I screw this one up", he told the Los Angeles Times in 1987.

"I'm terribly saddened by the news that Steven Bochco passed away yesterday", the A Series of Unfortunate Events actor wrote on Twitter. "That always seems to work".

Many other Hollywood personalities also spoke on the loss of Steven Bochco.

What made Hill Street Blues such a groundbreaking show was the continuous narrative, which gave each character its own personal arc.

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