Legendary TV creator Glen A. Larson has passed away at the age of 77 from esophageal cancer. He created the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, brought Buck Rogers to TV, and the kitschy '80s hit Knight Rider and the less fortunate but cult favorite Manimal and Automan series.
Larsen was responsible for a great deal of you favorite TV series of the '70s and '80s, but he didn't just work in scifi; he created other phenomenally popular shows like Magnum P.I., The Fall Guy and Quincy M.E., and he produced the 1977 Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series, for which we're also grateful. Basically, he's one of the greats, and all of television owes him a debt of gratitude. Of course, we'll always be most thankful to him for Battlestar Galactica, as well as the incredible remake it inspired.
Although Larsen was accused of cashing-in on other hits — Battlestar was obviously and openly made in response to Star Wars' massive popularity — Larsen claimed he was just giving viewers what they wanted. Given his many shows' incredible success, it's hard to argue with him.
[Via The AV Club]