TV producer Joanne Brough, who helped return the soap opera to prime time with popular shows like “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest,” died of esophageal cancer Feb. 24 in Joplin, Mo. She was 77.
After working for the Los Angeles station KTLA-TV in the early 1960s, Brough joined CBS, where she helped develop such hit series as “Kojak,” “All in the Family,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “MASH” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
In 1978 she went to work for Lorimar, where she became the development executive of “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest.” She also held the title of VP for creative affairs.
In 1990, Brough went to work for Lee Rich Productions, where she produced television movies and the documentary “America’s Missing Children.”
Shortly after that she moved to Singapore, where she created “Masters of the Sea,” a series similar to “Dallas.”
In the mid-1990s she went to work for Indonesia’s leading television network, RCTI, where she created an in-house drama department and produced the series “Dua Sisi Mata Uang,” or “Two Sides of the Coin.” She had completed 26 episodes when civil unrest forced her to flee Indonesia in 1998.
Upon returning to the United States, she taught courses in serialized television drama and production at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
She is survived by her husband Charles, two daughters, a son, a stepdaughter and three grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Dept. 929, Alexandria, VA 22334.