"(Stephen J. Cannell) still gets branded Johnny One-Note (yet has anyone ever noticed any similarity between The Greatest American Hero and
Baa Baa Black Sheep except that both involve flying?)."
Creator or co-creator of such TV shows as The Rockford Files
, The A-Team
, The Greatest American Hero
, Hardcastle and McCormick
, 21 Jump Street
, and The Commish
. Suffered from dyslexia. Famously appeared in his Vanity Plates
on a typewriter and also as the on camera host of Scene Of The Crime
and U.S. Customs Classified
; he also acted several times, most notably as the Big Bad
(another series from his company), and was a novelist.
Also played poker with a fictional crime writer
. He died in 2010; his seat, chips, and whiskey remain at his spot
to this day.
Series from Cannell (created or co-created by, except where noted with an asterisk):
- The Rockford Files
- City of Angels
- Richie Brockelman: Private Eye
- Baa Baa Black Sheep
- The Duke
- Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (the first series to come from Stephen J. Cannell Productions)
- The Greatest American Hero (the first series to feature his legendary logo)
- The Quest*
- The Rousters
- The A-Team
- Hardcastle and McCormick
- The Last Precinct
- Stingray (not that one)
- J.J. Starbuck
- 21 Jump Street
- Sonny Spoon
- Unsub* (has "Developed by" credit)
- Top of the Hill
- Booker (Spin-Off from 21 Jump Street)
- Broken Badges
- Street Justice*
- Silk Stalkings (Cannell's longest-running series, lasting eight seasons)
- The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage
- The Commish
- Personals* (quiz show)
- Palace Guard
- The Hat Squad
- Missing Persons*
- Caesar's Challenge* (quiz show)
- The Cameo: Regularly on Castle as himself, and in episodes of his own Tenspeed And Brown Shoe and Silk Stalkings.
- Descended Creator: Cannell himself played the evil Lt. Donald Dixon on Renegade.
- What Could Have Been: 1980's Nightside was a pilot for a never-made series which was created by Cannell and Glen A. Larson. Stephen J. Cannell and Glen A. Larson - it would have been a 1980s TV dream come true.
- In 1997 CBS asked him to oversee a revival of Hawaii Five-O, but it didn't turn out too well (among other things, he brought back Chin Ho — who had been Killed Off for Real). Said pilot has never been made available to the public in any form to this day, and with the successful new version almost certainly will never be screened in the future.