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Brandon Stoddard dies at 77; longtime television executive at ABC
Brandon Stoddard dies at 77; longtime television executive at ABC

Television executive Brandon Stoddard, who played a key role in the 1970s classic "Roots" and other pioneering miniseries, died Monday at his home in Bel-Air. He was 77. The cause was bladder cancer, said his wife, Mary Anne Dolan. Other miniseries he oversaw as an ABC executive included the World War II-era saga "The Winds of War," the romantic Australian tale "The Thorn Birds" and the "Roots: The Next Generations" sequel. But Stoddard's impact was felt far beyond miniseries. During a succession of ABC jobs, he helped steer to the small screen such 1980s series as "thirtysomething," "Roseanne," "The Wonder...

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