Producer, thesp honored for contributions to drama, comedy
The Museum of Television & Radio will honor Steven Bochco and Kelsey Grammer, in recognition of their contributions to the development of primetime drama and comedy, at this year’s annual L.A. gala, to be held Sept. 24.
“We are pleased to honor two of television’s most creative figures,” said museum prexy Robert M. Batscha. “We look forward to celebrating the careers of both Steven and Kelsey with a memorable evening of tributes from colleagues and friends, and clips from their works.”
A 30-year industry vet, Bochco has been associated with a bevy of influential TV series, including the long-running hits “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” and “NYPD Blue.”
Under the Steven Bochco Prods. banner, which he formed in 1988, Bochco has also co-created and executive produced “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Cop Rock,” “Murder One,” “Total Security,” “Brooklyn South,” and “City of Angels.”
Grammer, whose Dr. Frasier Crane, has become a staple for TV auds — first with “Cheers” and now “Frasier,” — is currently expanding his bigscreen resume. The thesp lent his voice to “Toy Story 2” this year and will co-star in the New Line Cinema thriller “Fifteen Minutes,” bowing in February.
MTR holds two galas per year — in L.A. in September and Gotham in February — to benefit the museum’s various educational and preservation programs.
Past honorees have included Alan Alda, Sid Caesar, Marcy Carsey, David E. Kelley, Mary Tyler Moore, Jack Paar, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling and Barbara Walters.