Home Television Alan Kirschenbaum, Creator of “Yes Dear,” Other TV Shows, Dies

Very troubling news this afternoon about yet another outwardly successful looking person in Hollywood committing suicide. I’m thinking of the popular entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez, and director Tony Scott. Now it’s TV producer and writer Alan Kirschenbaum, creator of the amiable, clever “Yes Dear,” writer of dozens of TV shows including “Coach.” Kirschenbaum who was 51, and his partner had a midseason replacement series ready for CBS called “Friend Me.” He was incredibly successful, but from his Twitter account, you read the comments of a lonely, depressed person. One of the saddest elements here is that his father is beloved comedian and Friars Club president Freddie Roman. I just remember when Alan got “Yes Dear” on the air, and Freddie was so over the moon. What an inexplicable tragedy. Condolences to Kirschenbaum’s family and friends. Now on Twitter everyone from Phil Rosenthal “Everyone Loves Raymond” to Josh Gad to Michael Chiklis is logging on to register disbelief and grief. The thing is, you look at his imdb credits and you think, he was a great success. But Hollywood is a treacherous place for the soul. No amount of success ever seems like enough.

Read Phil Rosenthal’s post about his oldest, closest friend at http://tinyurl.com/9ptcp8y

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
4 replies to this post
  1. Very silly of you to draw any conclusions from one’s Twitter account. I’ve been around Alan many times and never once did he come across as lonley/depressed. Just stick to reporting the story if you don’t have any real information. Alan is a great man. RIP.

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