Peter S. Fischer




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Peter S. Fischer, an American TV producer and writer, co-created Murder, She Wrote in 1984 and served as the showrunner for its first seven seasons. His work with the mystery genre has earned him an Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Fischer was no stranger to mystery television. He had previously worked with his Murder, She Wrote co-creators (Richard Levinson and William Link) on Columbo. Fischer wrote five episodes of the original NBC series and two of the ABC TV movies in the 1990s. He also worked with the duo on Ellery Queen, a show that paved the way for future series. Fischer contributed scripts to Kojak, McMillan & Wife and Baretta.

But Murder, She Wrote was his biggest success. He wrote 38 episodes, plus the pilot, and was nominated for three Emmys for his work on the series.