Newswire: R.I.P. Grant Tinker, former NBC chairman

Former NBC chairman Grant Tinker has died at the age of 90, according to the Associated Press. Tinker might not be a household name, but he made a lasting impact on the television landscape, shepherding iconic shows and their creators. At a glance, his life is like a history of the medium, and two periods were arguably his most notable. First, he established MTM Enterprises with Mary Tyler Moore, to whom he was married at the time. That company produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show, naturally, as well as its spinoffs, including Rhoda and series like The Bob Newhart Show and Steven Bochco’s Hill Street Blues.

Following his divorce from Moore and time with MTM, Tinker returned to NBC—the company where he began his career in 1949 as a radio trainee—for a legendary run as chairman starting in 1981. In that period he championed programming like Cheers …

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