Aaron Spelling Leaves a Lasting TV Dynasty Television producer Aaron Spelling died yesterday at age 83. His popular creations include Dynasty, The Love Boat, and Charlie's Angels. Debbie Elliott has a remembrance of his work.

Aaron Spelling Leaves a Lasting TV Dynasty

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

There's nothing like a TV theme song to send you into nostalgic reverie. If you're a Baby Boomer, this one might do the trick.

(Soundbite of "The Mod Squad" theme)

ELLIOTT: A child of the '70s? It could be this.

(Soundbite of "The Love Boat" theme)

ELLIOTT: What about Generation X?

(Soundbite of "Beverly Hills 90210" theme)

ELLIOTT: The Mod Squad, Love Boat, Beverly Hills 90210 and dozens of other TV shows were all created by the same man, Aaron Spelling. He died yesterday at the age of 83 from complications following a stroke. Spelling was the most prolific producer in television history. He created over 5,000 hours of programming in his career. Melrose Place, Dynasty, Hart to Hart, Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, and Daniel Boone were among his greatest hits. Aaron Spelling's Productions may not have been high art, but he helped shape popular culture for five decades. Perhaps this says it all.

(Soundbite of TV show "Charlie's Angels")

Mr. JOHN FORSYTHE (Actor): (As Charlie) Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy.

(Soundbite of TV show "Hart to Hart")

Mr. LIONEL STANDER (Actor): (As Max) This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire. He's quite a guy. This is Mrs. H. She's gorgeous. What a terrific lady.

(Soundbite of various theme music)

ELLIOTT: Aaron Spelling died yesterday at the age of 83, but his television dynasty continues. His program Seventh Heaven begins its eleventh season this fall, and a new show, Split Decision, is currently in pre-production.

(Soundbite of TV show "Fantasy Island")

Mr. HERVE VILLACHAIZE (Actor): (As Tattoo) The plane, the plane...

ELLIOTT: That's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Debbie Elliott.

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