Bob Schiller (1918-2017)

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.

Still from the unsold pilot W*A*L*T*E*R showing Bob Schiller's teleplay credit.

Bob Schiller’s teleplay credit from “W*A*L*T*E*R,” the 1984 unsold pilot starring Gary Burghoff.

“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.

Obituaries for Schiller be found at Variety, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.

(Thanks to Dan.)

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