Most M*A*S*H fans won’t recognize the name Bob Schiller. The scriptwriter, best known for his work on I Love Lucy, passed away last week (October 10) at the age of 98. Schiller and longtime writing partner Bob Weiskopf wrote more than 50 episodes of I Love Lucy during the 1950s. The pair later wrote for shows like The Lucy Show, The Flip Wilson Show, and All in the Family.
Schiller never wrote for M*A*S*H. Nor did he write for AfterMASH. But Schiller and Weiskopf (who died in 2001) did help co-write the teleplay for unsold pilot “W*A*L*T*E*R” alongside longtime M*A*S*H writer Everett Greenbaum. Schiller and Wieskopf also provided the story for the pilot, in collaboration with Michael Zinberg. Schiller, Weiskopf, and Zinberg all served as executive producers as well.
“W*A*L*T*E*R” starred Gary Burghoff and aired on CBS in July 1984. Learn more at about the unsold pilot Television Obscurities.
(Thanks to Dan.)