Hal Kanter, one of the classic writers of the small (and mostly) large screen, has died. He was 92.
Best known for some of those "Road" shows with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, his big contribution to the tube was "Julia," the old NBC sitcom of the late '60s starring Diahann Carroll as a single mom whose husband had been killed in Vietnam.
"Julia" became part of TV history for embracing what then was a breakout role for an African-American woman on a TV show -- to be blunt, a lead who wasn't a cleaning lady. (Hey, it was a different time.)
Carroll won an Emmy for the role but the show was actually a bit controversial because it wasn't all that political -- and aired during a brutally divisive time. Here are a couple of clips.