Family Ties/Spin City Creator Gary David Goldberg Dead at 68

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    http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/gary-david-goldberg-creator-of-family-ties-dies-at-68-1200501069/

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    Gary David Goldberg, the Emmy-winning creator of the iconic “Must-See TV†sitcom “Family Ties†who also branched out into directing features, died Sunday of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif. He was 68.

    Introduced in 1982, “Family Ties†became one of the linchpins of NBC’s successful Thursday-night lineup and made Michael J. Fox — who will return to the network in the fall — a star. The series ran for seven seasons, earning Goldberg a writing Emmy. He won another during a stint on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show†spinoff “Lou Grant.â€

    “Basically, those parents are me and Diana,†Goldberg explained during an interview with the Archive of American Television regarding the genesis of “Family Ties,†referring to his wife, Dr. Diana Meehan, and their hippie roots.

    Goldberg initially resisted the choice of Fox, as did then-NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff, who famously said he couldn’t picture the actor’s face on a lunchbox. A collection of his papers donated to USC shows Tartikoff holding just such a lunchbox, autographed by Fox.

    Although the series is remembered as a huge hit, the ratings didn’t take off until its third season, when NBC introduced “The Cosby Show.â€

    Goldberg later reunited with Fox on “Spin City,†which proved a modest hit for ABC. But the show closest to his heart might have been “Brooklyn Bridge,†an autobiographical half-hour for CBS, derived from his own youth growing up under the watchful eye of his grandmother in Brooklyn, where he was born in 1944. The show earned critical acclaim, a Golden Globe and a Humanitas prize but garnered tepid ratings and was canceled by the Eye network after two seasons.

    All of Goldberg’s shows featured the memorable closing credit for his Ubu Prods., “Sit, Ubu, sit,†named for the producer’s Labrador. It was also the title of his 2008 autobiography.

    Beyond his work in television, Goldberg directed such features as “Dad,†starring Jack Lemmon; “Bye Bye Love,†with Paul Reiser; and “Must Love Dogs.â€

    Goldberg launched his writing career in the mid-1970s on “The Bob Newhart Show,†working on a series of MTM productions (“The Tony Randall Show,†“Lou Grant,†“The Last Resortâ€) before creating “Family Ties,†which struck a nerve with its template of counter-culture parents raising a conservative son.

    Asked in the archive interview what gave him the most pride about his career, Goldberg said, “I think it’s the fact that I’m still really close with almost everyone I’ve worked with, and a lot of the young writers I started have gone on to great careers. … It’s an idea that writers matter.â€

    Goldberg was also surrounded by a media family. His wife, Meehan, is a producer, author, professor and advocate who taught in the UCLA and USC communications studies departments, produced documentaries through Ubu’s non-fiction wing, VU, and is co-founder of the Archer School for Girls. They had two daughters: Shaa, a comedy-writer producer who ran “Friends†with her husband/partner, Scott Silvestri; and Cailin, a freelance writer and Huffington Post contributor.
     
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    Lemmy Douchebag Extraordinaire Gold

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    Fascinating!
     
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    I remember an interview he did a long time ago where he was saying how he lived in San Diego and had a job interview 2 hours away in Los Angeles for what would eventually become the Family Ties executive producer position.

    He didn't have a car and said he use to hitchhiked to get most places. In this case, however, he left the day before so he would be sure he would get on time for the interview.
     
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    Phil McKrakin AKA Howie POTY The Bar VIP

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    LOL...My first "Hollywood" job was as an Assistant to Marc Price...aka "skippy". Pot head faggot...:jj: padded my resume and got me my in to Fox Sports.
     
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    why the negative memories?

    why not look back with appreciation, fondness, etc? Who knows, maybe your entire life would have changed for the worse if not for Marc Price. Like in The Butterfly Effect, instead of ending up in Fox Sports, you would be driving a delivery truck, etc.
     
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    Juden?
     
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    If you're Jewish, Hollywood hires you on the spot no matter what your qualifications or how much better someone else might do the job. You just show up and show I.D.

    The people who run the studios don't care about hiring the best people and making the most money, they care only about hiring Jews.

    It's true. I read it on the internets.