Saturday, November 15, 2014
Tribute: Glen Larson (1937 - 2014)
The press is now reporting that legendary TV writer and producer Glen A. Larson has passed away.
Mr. Larson wrote for such classic sixties programming as The Fugitive (1966) and It Takes a Thief (1968) but in the 1970s created and developed several TV series that remain noteworthy to science fiction fans.
In the late 1970s, Mr. Larson created the original Battlestar Galactica (1978), and wrote the movie that updated Buck Rogers (1979 - 1981) for the post-Star Wars age.
In the 1980s, Mr. Larson created such well-known sci-fi series as Knight Rider (1982 - 1986), Manimal (1983), and Automan (1983).
His last genre series was the syndicated superhero program, Nightman (1997 - 1999).
Mr. Larson's career outside sci-fi was remarkable too. In the seventies he developed The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries for television, and also produced Alias Smith and Jones (1971 - 1973).
He also created and produced Quincy M.E.(1976 - 1983), Magnum P.I. (1980 - 1988) and The Fall Guy (1981 - 1986) to name just three popular programs from his stable.
Larson's series, especially in the sci-fi genre, were extremely popular on original broadcast, and remain so with an enthusiastic generation of fans.
Battlestar Galactica and Knight Rider, in particular, have been remade already, and likely will be re-made yet again, a fact which suggests that the writer/producer tapped into something universal and powerful with these particular stories.
At this time, I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Mr. Larson's family and loved ones, and remind them that television, a technological art form, will permit Glen Larson's imagination and artistry to live on for decades and generations to come.