Hollywood loses two television moguls

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After setting his sights on television and winning an Emmy in 1961 for writing The Red Skeleton Show, Schwartz created Gilligan’s Island in 1963. The show ran for three years, and has enjoyed decades of syndication.

Schwartz also conceived The Brady Bunch, which first aired in 1969, and has been a staple of American television since.

Last week, Hollywood lost another Emmy-winning television writer. Sam Denoff, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s, died on July 8 at 83.


Denoff was best known for his work as writer and co-creator of That Girl, the 1966 sitcom that put Marlo Thomas on the map and brought mod fashion to the masses.

Originally working in radio, Denoff also wrote for The Dick Van Dyke Show and, later in his career, It’s Gary Shandling’s Show and Life with Bonnie.

Early morning July 12, television legend Sherwood Schwartz died at the age of 94. Schwartz created and produced iconic television shows, “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch.”

At the time of his death, Schwartz was surrounded by his family, including his son and producing partner, Lloyd J. Schwartz, and his wife of over 70 years, Mildred.

Having studied at New York University, Schwartz began writing for The Bob Hope Radio Show in 1939. He also wrote for the radio version of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.

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