‘I Love Lucy’ Writer, Bob Schiller, Dies At 98

November 8, 1918 – October 10, 2017 (RIP)

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Schiller died Tuesday in Pacific Palisades, California, according to his daughter, Sadie Novello.

He began writing for television in 1950, and three years later formed a partnership with Bob Weiskopf, with whom he collaborated for nearly a half-century. Among their hundreds of TV scripts was the classic “I Love Lucy” episode that found Lucy Ricardo stomping grapes.


Bernard Weitzman, Bob Schiller, Carole Cook – I Love Lucy 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Hollywood Museum – November 12, 2011(Flickr)

Besides “I Love Lucy,” the team wrote for such 1950s sitcoms as “The Bob Cummings Show,” ”December Bride,” ”The Jimmy Durante Show” and “The Ann Sothern Show.”

Their partnership continued through the 1960s and ’70s with such shows as Lucille Ball’s follow-up comedy “The Lucy Show.” which they co-created, and “The Red Skelton Hour,” Flip Wilson’s variety show “Flip” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

Jimmy Garrett with Bob Schiller – I Love Lucy 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Hollywood Museum – November 12, 2011 (Flickr)

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