Tributes to creator of US hit show Hill Street Blues
Writer and producer Steven Bochco, known for creating the groundbreaking US police drama Hill Street Blues, has been described as a pioneer following his death at the age of 74.
A family spokesman said Bochco died in his sleep on Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Bochco, who won 10 primetime Emmys, created several hit television shows, including LA Law, NYPD Blue, and Doogie Howser, MD.
Actress Debra Messing, who starred in the US sitcom Will & Grace, called him "a pioneer, a gentleman". Joss Whedon, creator of the cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cited him as a major personal influence.
Premiering in January 1981, Hill Street Blues ran for seven series. It won 26 Emmys and launched Bochco on a course that led to dozens of series and earned him four Peabody awards, in addition to the 10 Emmys.
Hill Street Blues had a sprawling universe of engaging yet flawed characters, a zippy pace and layers of overlapping, scripted dialogue, shot in a documentary style.