Com­edy writer Bob Schiller dead at 98

Lethbridge Herald - - MOVIES - Fra­zier Moore THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bob Schiller, a com­edy writer whose cred­its reach back to TV’s in­fancy, in­clud­ing “I Love Lucy,” and later, “Maude,” “All in the Fam­ily” and “The Carol Bur­nett Show,” has died. He was 98.

Schiller died Tues­day in Pa­cific Pal­isades, Cal­i­for­nia, ac­cord­ing to his daugh­ter, Sadie Novello.

He be­gan writ­ing for tele­vi­sion in 1950, and three years later formed a part­ner­ship with Bob Weiskopf, with whom he col­lab­o­rated for nearly a half­cen­tury. Among their hun­dreds of TV scripts was the clas­sic “I Love Lucy” episode that found Lucy Ri­cardo stomp­ing grapes.

Be­sides “I Love Lucy,” the team wrote for such 1950s sit­coms as “The Bob Cum­mings Show,” “De­cem­ber Bride,” “The Jimmy Du­rante Show” and “The Ann Soth­ern Show.”

Their part­ner­ship con­tin­ued through the 1960s and ‘70s with such shows as Lu­cille Ball’s follow-up com­edy “The Lucy Show,” which they co-cre­ated, and “The Red Skel­ton Hour,” Flip Wil­son’s va­ri­ety show “Flip” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

Schiller had also writ­ten scripts for such clas­sic ra­dio se­ries as “Duffy’s Tav­ern,” “Ab­bott and Costello” and “The Ad­ven­tures of Ozzie and Har­riet.”

He shared writ­ing Em­mys with Weiskopf for “All in the Fam­ily” and “Flip.”

When asked about the suc­cess and longevity of his part­ner­ship with Weiskopf, Schiller was known to re­spond, “That’s easy — we’ve never agreed on any­thing,” to which Weiskopf would fire back, “Yes, we have!” Weiskopf died in 2001.

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