'NYPD Blues' creator Steven Bochco dead

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“Hill Street Blues” earned eight Emmy Awards in its pilot season

Bochco battled a rare form of Leukemia for years.

Bochco received a transplant in 2014 which helped prolong his life.

Over the course of 20 years, Bochco would create the template for the modern hour-long series that featured large ensemble casts, serialized storylines, and boundary-pushing content. The first episode he wrote was directed by Steven Spielberg and with that came the first of 34 Emmy nominations, according to the Hollywood Reporter. All of us who grew up watching great TV and have benefited from the ground he broke owe pioneer Steven Bochco a debt of gratitude.

"A devastating loss. For television", Kelley said today about the death of Bochco.

Steven Ronald Bochco was born in NY, the son of a violin virtuoso (which inspired his production company's onscreen logo). He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a theater degree in 1966.

Following a number of quiet years, Bochco's biggest success, "NYPD Blue", arrived on ABC in 1993 and aired for 12 seasons.

Bochco provided NBC with juggernauts like "Hill Street Blues". One of the most valuable lessons I ever had.

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Bochco started as a TV writer in the 1960s, working on such shows as "Columbo".

Asked how he could risk gambling on a musical like "Cop Rock" given the richness of his ABC pact, Bochco once joked, "With my deal, how could I not?"

Bochco, who won 10 Primetime Emmys, has been credited with helping to define modern TV dramas through his work, like "Hill Street Blues" "LA Law", and "NYPD Blue".

NYPD Blue set another benchmark for television series. "We were certainly aware of advancing the agenda".

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, said: "Absolutely one of the biggest influences on Buffy (and me) was Hill Street Blues. "But a dozen years later (in 'NYPD Blue"), there's everything to wring from that old towel because the prevailing attitudes of the society shift".

Writer/producer Steven Bochco speaks at the ceremony honoring television producer David Milch with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 8, 2006 in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.

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