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'Bewitched' Creator Dies, Former 'Dexter' Showrunner Joins 'Homeland' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:30AM
Sol SaksSol Saks, the creator of 'Bewitched,' has died. He was 100.

The TV writer and playwright got his start in radio with gigs on 'Duffy's Tavern,' 'The Baby Snooks Show' and 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.'

On the TV side he wrote for 'My Favorite Husband' and 'Summer Playhouse.'

The writer is said to have drawn inspiration for 'Bewitched' from the movies 'I Married a Witch' and 'Bell, Book and Candle.' Saks' 'Bewitched' ran on ABC from 1964-1972. The series is still enjoying a long life in syndication.

Besides 'Bewitched,' Saks published a book, 'The Craft of Comedy Writing' in 1985 and plays such as 'A Dream of Butterflies.' Saks also wrote Cary Grant's last film, 'Walk, Don't Run.'

According to Variety, Saks died of respiratory failure, a result of a pneumonia.

In other TV news ...

Former 'Dexter' showrunner Chip Johannessen has joined Showtime's 'Homeland.' Johannessen will be a writer and producer on the CIA drama. The project, from '24' producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, stars Claire Danes. [Hollywood Reporter]

A&E's 'The Glades' returns Sun., June 5 at 10PM. Last season the show became A&E's most-watched series, pulling in more than 3 million viewers. [Deadline]

Masi Oka has landed a script deal at Syfy. The 'Heroes' veteran is teaming with Alex Sabeti to write 'The Correctors,' a time travel drama. Oka is also attached to star and executive produce. [Hollywood Reporter]

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I Love Lucy writer Bob Carroll Jr. dead at 87

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 30th 2007 8:10AM

Bob Carroll Jr. and writing partner Madelyn Pugh Davis (that's them in the pic, with Jess Oppenheimer in the middle) were writing for Steve Allen's radio in the 1940s when they decided to take a week off. Not for a vacation, but to write a script for Lucille Ball, who was looking for writers for her radio show My Favorite Husband. They got the job, and went on to write on all of Ball's TV shows, including I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Here's Lucy, and Life With Lucy, Ball's last TV show in 1986. Caroll also wrote for The Mothers-In-Law, The Paul Lynde Show, Dorothy, and Alice, which he also co-produced. He wrote the 1968 movie Yours, Mine and Ours (yup, Lucy again), which was remade a couple of years ago with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo.

Carroll died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Saturday. (Pugh Davis lives in California. She released a book with Carroll in 2005 titled Laughing With Lucy.)

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