R.I.P. Hugh Wilson, creator of WKRP and director of Police Academy

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As reported by Deadline, Emmy-winning writer and producer Hugh Wilson has died. Wilson was the creator of WKRP In Cincinnati and the director and writer of multiple films, including Police Academy, Blast From The Past, and The First Wives Club. The news was first reported by WCAV-TV in Charlottesville, VA, which says he died “after an illness.” Wilson was 74. Born in 1943, Wilson graduated from the University Of Florida in 1964 with a degree in journalism and got a job in the advertising business in 1966. In the ‘70s, he got a job working at Mary Tyler Moore Productions and was eventually given writing gigs on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show. Wilson then created WKRP In Cincinnati for CBS in 1978, taking inspiration for stories from real things that happened while he worked at a radio station in Atlanta. The show wasn’t a big ratings hit, but it was nominated for multiple Emmys and became a much bigger success once it went into syndication.

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