Earl Pomerantz, 75, on Mar. 7 in Los Angeles. Hailing from Toronto, Pomerantz wrote a weekly column for the Toronto Telegram in the late 1960s before breaking into television writing on The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour, which starred his brother Hart Pomerantz and Lorne Michaels. Pomerantz moved to Hollywood in 1974, where he began writing scripts for shows including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, and Taxi. He went on to develop and executive produce Major Dad and Best of the West, in addition to screenwriting credits on Cheers, Newhart, and The Cosby Show. He later served as a creative consultant on It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Lateline and According to Jim. Pomerantz earned two Emmy Awards over the course of his career – one as part of the writing team on The Lily Tomlin Special (1976) and another for The Cosby Show in 1985. He was also honoured with a Writers Guild of America Award, the Humanitas Prize and a CableACE Award. As recently as 2014, Pomerantz also contributed several commentaries to NPR program All Things Considered.
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