Merrill Grant, Executive Producer of TV’s 'Kate & Allie,' Dies at 82

He earned Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series three years in a row.

Merrill Grant, an executive producer on the well-liked 1980s CBS sitcom Kate & Allie, died Feb. 3 at his home in Manhattan, his family announced. He was 82.

Kate & Allie, which aired for six seasons from March 1984 to May 1989, starred Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin as childhood friends and divorced women in Manhattan who move in together to raise their three children. The series was created by Sherry Coben.

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Grant was part of the producing team that earned Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series in 1984, 1985 and 1986, but he lost out to Cheers, The Cosby Show and The Golden Girls, respectively. Curtin, however, received comedy actress Emmys in 1984 and '85.

Earlier, Grant, who worked often with Emmy-winning producer Alan Landsburg, exec produced such telefilms as The Night They Took Miss Beautiful and The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal.

A native of New York, Grant attended City College of New York and then Columbia University Business School, where he earned an MBA in 1954. He served for a year in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Barbara, children Andrea and Jonathan and grandchildren Drew and Kate.

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