Tuesday, October 5, 2010

In Memoriam: Stephen J. Cannell 1941-2010

TV writer-producer. The Rockford Files, and some 40 other shows that I didn't like quite as much as that one.

"Jim Rockford was the Jack Benny of private eyes."


  1. i loved the rockford files. and tho i know i've seen cannell's name on dozens of others shows, i can't remember a damn one of them. little help here, little help.

  2. @standing--The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, Wiseguy, Hunter, Rip Tide, and Hardcastle and Macormick are some of the more well-known ones. They were all watchable enough, but none particularly impressed me. Had he made those shows and NOT Rockford, I wouldn't have felt the need to memorialize him. And I think to list all those shows would have have taken something away from the one that really did impress me.

    Cannell was also involved with Baretta, which I did like a lot, but I didn't mention it because I wanted to avoid the inevitable Robert Blake/murderer comments (there, I just introduced one myself.) Plus Cannell did Tenspeed and Brownshoe back in the '70s, starring Ben Vareen and a then-unknown Jeff Goldbloom. It only lasted one season, but I remember it being pretty funny.

  3. I just wanted to thank you for your continuous support to my work. Your comments are always a joy to read.

    I'm missing your ingenious writing, hope your are posting something soon :)

    if you have a minute please do check one of my latest poem: "Essence" where I tried some come or riddle - will love to hear your thoughts.


  4. My next big piece should be finished this weekend. It's about a local matter, but I hope to make it as universal as possible (graft is universal, isn't it?)

  5. @Gabi--Almost forgot! Left a comment at "Essence". I liked it a lot.

  6. Kirk, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such encouraging comment.

    Will be waiting to read your next big piece :)

    have a lovely weekend - I'm going fishing

  7. @Gabriela--Catch me some walleye.