LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fred Silverman, who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks and brought â€œAll in the Family,â€ â€œRoots,â€ â€œHawaii Five-Oâ€ and other hit series and miniseries to television, died Thursday. He was 82.
Silverman, who had been battling cancer, died at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, family spokesperson Julia Rosen said Thursday. Family members were with him, Rosen said.
Silvermanâ€™s gift for picking shows that resonated with viewers prompted Time magazine to dub him â€œThe Man with the Golden Gutâ€ in a 1977 profile. As ABCâ€™s entertainment chief, Silverman had turned the networkâ€™s fortunes around with shows including â€œRoots,â€ â€œRich Man, Poor Manâ€ and â€œCharlieâ€™s Angels.â€
He had already brought success to CBS with an overhaul that included the end of country-themed series including â€œPetticoat Junctionâ€ and â€œGreen Acresâ€ and a pivot to what advertisers considered more upscale and urban fare, including â€œThe Mary Tyler Moore Show,â€ â€œThe Bob Newhart Showâ€ and â€œMannix.â€
Silverman couldnâ€™t work his ratings magic when he moved to NBC as network CEO and president, with â€œDiffâ€™rent Strokesâ€ an exception.
AP researcher Jennifer Farrar contributed to this report.