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Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

BREAKING: Another legend has passed away.

Grant Tinker, who brought The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Cheers, WKRP In Cincinnati,  and so many other wonderful TV shows to the screen as a producer and a network boss, has died at the age of 90.

Tinker died Monday at his home in Los Angeles.

Variety reports that Tinker replaced Fred Silverman at the top of NBC. NBC’s profits had been cut in half during Silverman’s three-year reign, and Tinker methodically and brilliantly turned it all around. He stuck by such slow starters as “Cheers” and “Family Ties” and nurtured them into profitable, long-running hits. In his first year, NBC’s profits jumped from $82 million to $108 million, even though the network was still in the ratings cellar.

The next year, NBC scored a major hit with Stephen J. Cannell’s action-drama “The A-Team” but also brought aboard “St. Elsewhere,” a hospital drama (produced by Mark Tinker) that took some time to catch on. Other winners were “Remington Steele” and “The Golden Girls.” The breakaway success, however, was “The Cosby Show,” which debuted in 1984. It reinvigorated the sitcom form and became one of the biggest hits in the history of television. Tartikoff, the master programmer and Tinker’s right hand, died of cancer in 1997 at the age of 48.

Other popular NBC shows during the Tinker era included “Highway to Heaven,” “Knight Rider” and “Miami Vice,” with its stylistic breakthroughs. NBC became the “boutique” network, attracting the ideal demographic of baby boomers with much disposable income.

One of Tinker’s favorite sayings was “First be best, then be first.” In insisting on combining quality with popular outreach, Tinker secured a legacy for himself that will always live on.

What great times.

We just want to thank Mr. Tinker for the wonderful memories.

Rest in peace brother.

God Bless.

TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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