Melnick attended New York University and served in the Army in the 1950s. Stationed in Oklahoma and Fort Dix, N.J., he produced entertainment for the troops.
He joined CBS as a staff producer in 1954, jumped to ABC in the late 1950s and became vice president of programming. For ABC, he developed and scheduled such programs as "The Fugitive," "The Untouchables," "The Flintstones" and "77 Sunset Strip."
With Susskind and Leonard Stern, Melnick partnered the production company Talent Associates. Among the TV series he produced was the late 1960s ABC police drama "N.Y.P.D."
Melnick was a serious art collector and artfully decorated his two homes in the Hollywood Hills, his son said.
For years, he held monthly poker games that included such stars as Martin, Simon, Chevy Chase and Johnny Carson.
"In our game, we all became adolescents," Melnick told the New York Times in 2005. "There was a lot of kibitzing, a lot of laughing."
Melnick was "charming, extremely smart," his son said, and "old-school as a producer. He knew his way around an editing room."
In addition to his son, Melnick is survived by his daughter, Gabrielle Wilkerson-Melnick; and two grandchildren.
Services will be private.