Thursday, December 01, 2016

Legendary TV Executive Grant Tinker Dead at 90

Legendary TV Executive Grant Tinker Dead at 90

"During the 1970s, Tinker joined with wife Mary Tyler Moore to form MTM Enterprises, which along with Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin’s Tandem Productions helped usher in a revolution in small-screen quality during the decade. Starting with Moore’s eponymous CBS comedy in 1970, the company would go on to fund a slew of high-quality comedies and dramas over a nearly three-decade run, including Lou Grant, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere."

He later had a great run as head honcho at NBC, which he shepherded from last to first.

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