John Falsey, Creator of Acclaimed TV Series, Is Dead at 67

As “The White Shadow” was winding down, Mr. Falsey began writing a show about Northern Ireland. Mr. Brand, however, had sold an idea for a series about a teaching hospital, and tried to recruit Mr. Falsey to work for him on it. When Mr. Falsey balked, Mr. Brand asked instead if he would want to join him as a partner in the venture. “And he goes, ‘Absolutely,’ ” Mr. Brand recalled in an oral history recorded for the Television Academy Foundation.

The resulting show, the gritty “St. Elsewhere,” ran from 1982 to 1988 on NBC (though Mr. Brand and Mr. Falsey handed the show off to others partway through the run) and influenced later generations of medical dramas. The partnership they formed on the show lasted more than a decade and garnered considerable critical praise.

“While the basic premises of their series are often conventional,” The New York Times wrote in a feature article on the two men in 1992, “a typical Brand-Falsey story line has an air of authenticity and unpredictability that sets their work outside the stereotypes of television.”

Their shows also included “Amazing Stories,” an anthology series they helped Steven Spielberg develop that ran from 1985 to 1987, and “Going to Extremes,” another medical drama, which ran in the 1992-93 season.

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