Bochco, Steven: Creator of Acclaimed TV Series Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue Dies at 74

Steven Bochco, a producer who is best known for such series as Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, which helped define the modern TV drama, has died. He was 74.

Bochco had been battling a rare form of leukemia for several years. He had a transplant in late 2014 that was credited with prolonging his life. Details of his death were unclear Sunday.

Working with different collaborators, Bochco co-created some of TV’s most popular series for more than 20 years while helping to create the template for modern hour-longs featuring ensemble casts, serialized storylines and edgy content.

The recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Humanitas Prize and Peabody honors, Bochco was nominated for an Emmy 30 times in his capacities as producer and writer, winning 10.