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Encyclopedia > Glen A. Larson

Glen A. Larson (born 1937) is a television writer and producer with many of his creations becoming cult hits, with some of them remaining in syndication or have been revived. He is sometimes compared to Gene Roddenberry by fans of genre television, and indeed, Roddenberry's own colleague Gene L. Coon was one of his mentors. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not discuss cult in its original meaning. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... Gene L. Coon (7 January 1924-8 July 1973) was an American screenwriter and television producer. ...

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Background

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Early musical career

Larson began his career in the entertainment industry as a member of the singing group The Four Preps (with whom he appeared in one of the Gidget films). The Four Preps ultimately produced three gold records for Capitol, all of which Larson wrote and/or composed: "26 Miles (Santa Catalina)," "Big Man," and "Down By The Station." A later member of the Four Preps, David Somerville, and a session singer he knew, Gail Jensen, later collaborated with him on "The Unknown Stuntman," the theme from The Fall Guy. The Four Preps were a popular music quartet most popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ... Gidget was a film starring fifties teen icon Sandra Dee was produced in the USA in 1959. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... The Fall Guy was an American television series produced for ABC. It ran from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors, Heather Thomas and Douglas Barr. ...


From music to television

After working for Quinn Martin Sr. on productions like The Fugitive, Larson signed a production deal with Universal Studios. His first hit series was Alias Smith and Jones. Quinn Martin (May 22, 1922 – September 6, 1987), born Martin Cohn,[1] was one of the most successful American television producers. ... The Fugitive is the name of at least two major fictional fictional works which have been reproduced in a variety of media. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Alias Smith and Jones was a Western television series on ABC from 1971 to 1973, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. ...


One of Larson's tactics was claimed to be to copy successful formats, which, as this article shows elsewhere, exposed him to hostile criticism. Alias Smith and Jones was no exception, being viewed as having plagiarized Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. Alias Smith and Jones was a Western television series on ABC from 1971 to 1973, starring Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film that tells the story of bank robber Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (played by Robert Redford). ...


Larson was involved in the development of The Six Million Dollar Man, based on Cyborg, a novel that had been written by Martin Caidin, and served as one of its executive producers. The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a cyborg working for the OSI (which was usually said to refer to the Office of Scientific Intelligence, but sometimes was called the Office of Scientific Investigation). ... For other uses, see Cyborg (disambiguation). ... Martin Caidin (1927-1997) was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Battlestar Galactica

Larson later secured an unprecedented $1,000,000 per episode budget for Battlestar Galactica, which George Lucas accused of infringement of Star Wars. (Lucas lost the case). Galactica was cancelled due to production costs. (according to Starlog magazine.) Originally, the series was intended to be called Adam's Ark, and the show incorporated many themes from Mormon theology, as Larson is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[1]. Larson had been working on it since 1968, which was one of the reasons Lucas lost his case, and Gene L. Coon had been providing guidance and mentoring to him through the writing of its earliest incarnations. Larson is credited with coining the word "battlestar," a contraction of the phrase "line-of-battle starship," after being convinced to rename Adam's Ark to include the word "star" in the title in some way. This article is about the original television series; for other versions, see the main Battlestar Galactica page or Battlestar Galactica (disambiguation). ... This article is about the history and use of the word Mormon. For information about the religious beliefs and culture of Mormons, see Mormonism. ... For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ... A Battlestar from the original series A Battlestar (the Battlestar Galactica) from the re-imagined series, flight pods retracted for FTL travel For other uses, see Battlestar (disambiguation). ...


Even with its generous budget, the series was marred by substandard scripts and recycled effects shots (both of which could be blamed on the financial stinginess of both ABC and Universal Studios) and was cancelled after only one season. The pilot episode of Galactica was refashioned as a theatrical release in North America and Europe, and in some European markets was the top grossing film of 1979. This article is about the American broadcast network. ... Look up universal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Larson as joint composer

Larson was known for jointly composing some of the musical themes to TV series programs he produced, usually with the help and cooperation of composer Stu Phillips. These include "Suspension," used in the Buck Rogers movie, and the Battlestar Galactica theme, which is probably his--and Phillips's--most enduring work. Stu Phillips is a television and film music composer. ... Buck Rogers is a fictional pulp character who first appeared in 1928 as Anthony Rogers, the hero of two novellas by Philip Francis Nowlan published in the magazine Amazing Stories. ... Battlestar Galactica. ...


Larson re-used sets, props, costumes, and effects work from Galactica to create the light-hearted sci-fi series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). Gil Gerard, who portrayed Buck Rogers, was among that program's sharpest critics. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American motion picture produced by Universal Studios and released in 1979, and is also the title of a television series based upon the film that was aired by NBC for two seasons between 1979 and 1981. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Gil Gerard as Buck Rogers Gilbert Gerard, better known as Gil Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor. ...


Larson's lean years

Larson wrote the first pilot script for Magnum, P.I., but actor Thomas W. "Tom" Selleck refused to shoot it and threw it out. [citation needed] Universal brought in Donald Bellisario to write a new pilot, which Selleck shot. Larson had nothing further to do with one of the most enduring television series of the 1980s but is rumored to have made a fee of $50,000 per episode nonetheless, under his Universal contract, just for having his script thrown out. [citation needed] Magnum, P.I. is an American television show that followed the adventures of Thomas Magnum (played by Tom Selleck), a private investigator living in Hawaii. ... Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I.. He is recognizable by his 6 ft 4 (193 cm) height... Donald Bellisario (left) makes a cameo appearance on a photograph on the show he created, NCIS. Donald Paul Bellisario (born August 8, 1935) is an American television producer and scriptwriter. ...


Larson also created The Fall Guy, starring Lee Majors, which made much use of stock footage as well. Larson's most influential series was probably Knight Rider, which starred David Hasselhoff and featured science-fiction elements with a light-hearted action-adventure scenario and limited violence. These basic elements characterised Larson's output through the 1980s with Automan, Manimal, and The Highwayman. But few of these were renewed, and Larson's popularity declined. He made a brief comeback in the 1990s with an adaptation of the Ultraverse comic Night Man, which lasted two seasons and became a small cult favorite, but failed to make a larger impact. The Fall Guy was an American television series produced for ABC. It ran from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors, Heather Thomas and Douglas Barr. ... Lee Majors (born Harvey Lee Yeary on April 23, 1939) is an American actor, primarily known for his roles in movies, sitcoms and television who also starred in four long-running ABC TV series over four decades. ... For the American media company, see Knight Ridder. ... David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is an American actor who was best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ... Automan was a U.S., science fiction, superhero, television series produced by Glen A. Larson. ... Manimal was a short lived television series that ran from September 30, 1983 to December 17, 1983 on NBC. It was about a shape-shifting man who could turn himself into any animal. ... The Highwayman is an action, science fiction, television series, created and produced by Glen A. Larson, that ran on the NBC Network in 1988. ... The Ultraverse was the name given to a comic book imprint published by Malibu Comics. ... Night Man (or NightMan) was an American television program running from September 1997 to May 1999, loosely based on a comic book published by Malibu Comics and created by Steve Englehart (the original comic title was The Night Man) and developed for television by Glen A. Larson. ...


Galactica revived

He was credited as "consulting producer" for the Sci-Fi Channel/Universal's 2003 re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. Larson wanted the credit and had taken the dispute to the Writers Guild of America. Series creator Ronald D. Moore felt that Larson deserved a credit because he came up with the original ideas. Thus Larson received "consulting producer" and co-writer credits under the pen name "Christopher Eric James," though he had no direct role in writing the screenplay or the production of the series. The Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, which began as a 1978 TV series, was reimagined in 2003 into the TV miniseries. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... For other persons named Ronald Moore, see Ronald Moore (disambiguation). ...


Upcoming Knight Rider movie project

Larson developed a love/hate relationship with David Hasselhoff during the production of Knight Rider, and for years, the two were embroiled in a dispute over how to approach the development of a Knight Rider movie. [citation needed] Larson recently negotiated to sell the rights to his series to The Weinstein Company. In September 2007, NBC announced that they had commissioned a two hour pilot movie for an all new Knight Rider series, it is not known if Glen Larson will be heavily involved. David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland), nicknamed The Hoff, is an American actor who was best known for his lead roles on Knight Rider and Baywatch. ...


David Hasselhoff will not be reprising his role as Michael Knight since the film will be a retelling of the original pilot with more contemporary ideas and will feature familiar characters and the near-indestructible and artificially intelligent car known as KITT.[citation needed]


Honors

Larson has a star on Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to the television industry. Hollywood Boulevard as taken from the Kodak Theatre Hollywood Boulevard is an avenue in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, beginning at Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out and runs due west to Laurel Canyon Boulevard. ...


Criticism

Criticism has been aimed against Larson for what is perceived as his general lack of originality, arising from the fact that many of his television series programs are viewed as riding the coat-tails, or as being small screen "knock-offs," of feature films. Image File history File links Ambox_emblem_question. ...


Battlestar Galactica, for the most famous--or infamous--example, was accused of being plagiarized from Star Wars; BJ & The Bear, which starred Greg Evigan, from Every Which Way But Loose; Automan, which starred Desi Arnaz Jr. alongside Chuck Wagner, from Tron; The Fall Guy, from Hooper; McCloud, which starred Dennis Weaver, from Coogan's Bluff; and Alias Smith & Jones, which starred the late Pete Deuel alongside Ben Murphy as Hannibal Heyes and Kid Curry respectively, from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid; while Buck Rogers In The 25th Century was a post-Star Wars remake of the original 1930s serial. This article is about the series. ... Gregory Ralph Greg Evigan (born October 14, 1953) is an American actor. ... Every Which Way But Loose is a 1978 U.S. motion picture, released by Warner Brothers, produced by Robert Daley and directed by James Fargo. ... Desi Arnaz, Jr. ... Chuck Wagner (born June 20, 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA) is an American actor who has starred on television. ... Tron is a 1982 science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley (and Tron), Cindy Morgan as Lora Baines (and Yori) and Dan Shor as Ram. ... Hooper is a 1978 Action-Comedy motion picture based loosely on the experiences of director Hal Needham, a one-time stuntman in his own right, and serves as a tribute to stuntmen and stuntwomen in what was at one time an underrecognized profession. ... William Dennis Weaver (June 4, 1924 â€” February 24, 2006) was an Emmy Award-winning actor and was an American television actor, best known for his roles as sidekick Chester Goode from 1955 to 1964 on TVs first adult Western Gunsmoke, as Marshal Sam McCloud on the NBC police drama... Motion picture Coogans Bluff is the title of a 1968 film starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Don Siegel. ... Ben Murphy in Alias Smith and Jones Benjamin E. Murphy (born March 6, 1942 in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is an American actor. ... Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry. ... Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film that tells the story of bank robber Butch Cassidy (played by Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (played by Robert Redford). ... This article is about the series. ...


In his book Harlan Ellison's Watching, Ellison relays a supposedly once-common nickname for Larson: "Glen Larceny".


Awards

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Producer filmography

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Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Fall Guy was an American television series produced for ABC. It ran from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors, Heather Thomas and Douglas Barr. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For the American media company, see Knight Ridder. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Rooster is an unsold television pilot written and produced by Glen Larson for 20th Century Fox Television and broadcast as a two hour movie on the ABC Television Network in 1982. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Manimal was a short lived television series that ran from September 30, 1983 to December 17, 1983 on NBC. It was about a shape-shifting man who could turn himself into any animal. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Automan was a U.S., science fiction, superhero, television series produced by Glen A. Larson. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up Cover-up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the year. ... In Like Flynn is the third album by LA Symphony Flynn Atkins. ... This article is about the year. ... 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