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R.I.P. Alan Kirschenbaum

Veteran comedy showrunner Alan Kirschenbaum died last night from apparent suicide. He was 51. Kirschenbaum most recently co-created and executive produced with Ajay Sahgal the upcoming midseason CBS comedy series Friend Me. I hear he recently left the show for unknown reasons. Kirschenbaum and Sahgal scored in May when their Friend Me was one of only two CBS comedy pilots to land series pickups. Related: Greg Garcia Remembers Alan Kirschenbaum Kirschenbaum, son of comedian Freddy Roman, previously co-created and executive produced with Greg Garcia the long-running CBS sitcom Yes, Dear. He also worked on Garcia’s My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. Early in his career, he was a writer on Dear John, Baby Talk and Coach and created the Fox comedy Down The Shore. In addition to working as a TV writer-producer, Kirschenbaum was an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Fellow comedy writer-producers and actors shared their

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