From a reader:
My [community college] students likewise draw a blank when I refer to anything current on TV.
Given his longevity in the industry and his several mega-successful series, a couple of which I have loved, I marvel that Bellisario’s work is always excluded from the sort of discussion you just posted. JAG is one of the most grown-up (in the best sense of the word) shows on television–consistently mature in outlook and in the themes it portrays. Magnum PI had Tom Selleck, which would have been enough, in addition to Hawaii and good story-telling. Bellisario’s Quantum Leap was highly inventive, and ran for years. Why does no awards show or media writer acknowledge the man’s existence?