Veteran Sitcom Showrunner Dead in Apparent Suicide

Oct 29, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran sitcom showrunner who co-created the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear" died Friday in an apparent suicide, reports Deadline.com. Alan Kirschenbaum was 51.

Kirschenbaum also co-created the upcoming midseason CBS comedy show "Friend Me," although he recently left the show for unknown reasons, the story notes. "Friend Me," co-created with Ajay Sahgal, received a series pickup in May.

Kirschenbaum previously co-created the CBS comedy "Yes, Dear" and also worked on "My Name Is Earl" and "Raising Hope." He was the son of comedian Freddy Roman.

He previously worked as a writer on “Dear John,” “Coach” and other shows, and created Fox’s “Down the Shore.”

alan-kirschenbaum.jpgAlan Kirschenbaum

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  1. Alan and my writing partner David Mattia go back many years. David was a horse trainer who dreamed of being a screenwriter, and after Alan read some of David’s work Alan encouraged David to leave harness racing and write full-time. This year David and I created/wrote and produced a 30 minute serial comedy TV pilot which we just had finished post on. Alan recently watched our pilot and loved it and vowed to help us get it to Showtime. He was our only “in” and now he is gone and David doesn’t think we stand a chance in Hollywood without him. I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but I am not one to quit. All though David and I both feel like 2 lost puppies without him — our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and his entire family.

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