(born 3 July 1939
) is an American television comedy writer and producer. He created and produced The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
and The Slap Maxwell Story
, co-created Buffalo Bill
(with Tom Patchett
), and was an executive producer for The Bob Newhart Show
. He is the father of Jamie Tarses
, former ABC
Entertainment chief and current Pariah partner.
Most recently, he was co-creator and co-writer (with Andy Hamilton) for BBC Radio 4's situation comedy set in colonial-era Baltimore, Revolting People, where he also plays the role of sour shopkeeper Samuel Oliphant to Hamilton's cheerfully corrupt British soldier Sergeant McGurk.