Refresh for updates Hollywood today remembered Fred Silverman, the visionary TV executive, programmer and producer who headed all of the Big Three broadcast networks to achieve a fame that rivaled the stars of his many shows.
“Fred gave me my first ‘shot’ in TV,” tweeted Jimmy Kimmel, who was hired by Silverman to write and host an ultimately unaired game show called Pop Quiz. “He saw something that even I didn’t. He was a great character, very kind to me and I am grateful to him always.”
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CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl, in a statement, called Silverman a “titan of the media industry.”
“Fred Silverman was a titan of the media industry and an influence on so many,” said Kahl. “His impact on television was incalculable. All of us at CBS salute his tremendous talent and cultural influence at our network, and throughout broadcast television. We offer our deepest sympathies to his family.”
Silverman, the executive or producer behind some of the most iconic series of the 1970s – All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, The Bob Newhart Show and The Waltons, for starters – died Thursday at the age of 82.
Portlandia exec producer Dan Pasternack also gives credit to Silverman for his first break. Many thanks, much love and farewell, boss,” writes Pasternack.
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“There would be no ALL IN THE FAMILY or MAUDE without Fred Silverman. Bless his every memory.” https://t.co/GhfVmDoEWd
— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) January 30, 2020
Television lost a giant today with the death of Fred Silverman. He was a great visionary and to me a big supporter when he put @SOAP on the air in ‘77.
We remained friends and I will miss him.
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) January 30, 2020
Fred gave me my first "shot" in TV. He saw something that even I didn't. He was a great character, very kind to me and I am grateful to him always – Rest In Peace Fred Silverman https://t.co/3V2yVAF5NC via @Deadline
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 30, 2020
Fred Silverman RIP
Legendary TV Executive & Producer Was 82 – Deadline
Amazing taste and intuition
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) January 30, 2020
Fred Silverman was and remains the only person to head programming at all 3 of the big broadcast networks. 25 years ago, he hired me in my first TV creative exec job. I will always be grateful to him for that. Many thanks, much love and farewell, boss. https://t.co/wZ9Q5OfpnS
— Dan Pasternack (@DanPasternack) January 30, 2020
RIP to Fred Silverman. He was the “it programmer” when network television was the best medium. He was the first person to be president of CBS, ABC and NBC. He left a deep imprint on television.
— @DanHarrisonTV (@danharrisontv) January 30, 2020
RIP #FredSilverman, renowned TV executive and producer, who championed Peabody Award-winning programs such as "Roots" (1977), "Shogun" (1980) and "Hill Street Blues" (1981). pic.twitter.com/Kgj3YRQPhM
— Peabody Awards (@PeabodyAwards) January 30, 2020
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