Remembering a member of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame (Creators' Wing).......
STEPHEN J. CANNELL
Stephen Joseph Cannell (February 5, 1941 – September 30, 2010) was an American television producer, writer, novelist and occasional actor, and the founder of Stephen J. Cannell Productions.
After college, Cannell spent four years working with the family business before selling his first script to the Universal series 'It Takes a Thief' in 1968. He was quickly hired by the television production branch of Universal Studios and was soon freelance writing for such other crime shows as 'Ironside' and 'Columbo'. Not long afterward, he received his first full-time gig as the story editor of Jack Webb's police series 'Adam-12', then in its fourth season (1971–1972).
Cannell created or co-created nearly 40 television series, mostly crime dramas, including 'The Rockford Files', 'The Greatest American Hero', 'The A-Team', 'Hardcastle & McCormick', 'Wiseguy', '21 Jump Street', 'Silk Stalkings', and 'The Commish'. In the process he had, by his own count, scripted more than 450 episodes, and produced or executive produced over 1,500 episodes.
Cannell appeared as himself in the pilot of the ABC show 'Castle' and again in season 2. Along with James Patterson, Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly, he was one of Castle's poker buddies. In season 3, an empty seat at the poker table is described as Cannell's, and remains empty for a full year.
After his death, an episode of 'Castle' showed Cannell's logo with the words, "Colleague, Mentor, Friend", while he is typing and, "We'll miss you, pal", superimposed over the sheet of paper, but the stack of paper is absent, and the lone sheet floats down towards the bottom and out of view.
AS SEEN IN:
"Flowers For Your Grave"
"Deep In Death"
"A Deadly Game"
Alternate TV Dimension
But the novelist Richard Castle does exist in Earth Prime-Time - thanks to 'Missing' - as does Cannell ['V.I.P.']
Mr. Cannell was inducted into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame in September, 2012.