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Television Producer and Writer Steven Bochco.

Television producer Steven Bochco. He is, arguably, one of the most influential creative people in television. With shows like "Hill Street Blues" and "L.A.Law," Bochco can claim credit for a whole TV genre: intensely realistic dramas that use an ensemble cast and multiple, interweaving plots that quickly cut back and forth. Those programs helped make NBC the top network and the perceived leader for innovative programming. As the other networks strive to produce programs of similar quality, TV critics have talked about the "Bochco-ization of network TV, as more and more programs use the Bochco trademarks of large casts, gallows humor and allusions to unconventional sex. Bochco began writing for Universal Studios while still in college. His first credit was shared with Rod Serling. He later wrote segments of "Columbo" and "McMillan and Wife." Last year, Bochco signed an exclusive agreement with ABC to produce 10 new series. So far, he's introduced "Hooperman," which the critics generally like. His next project, "Doogie Howser, M.D." will debut later this fall.

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Other segments from the episode on September 5, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 5, 1989: Interview with Steven Bochco; Review of the New Winds' album "The Cliff"; Interview with Randy Thom; Review of Linda Wolfe's book "Wasted."

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