Henry Bromell, an esteemed TV writer who helped propel "Homeland" to the front of the TV drama pack, has died; Showtime has confirmed while Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the executive producers of the acclaimed series, have released a statement saying:
“Henry was a profoundly decent and generous man. A great writer and a great friend. No matter how crazy things got, when he was in the room, you knew everything was going to be okay. Everybody here at Homeland is grieving, and we will miss him beyond words.”
And this from Showtime:
“We are deeply saddened at the loss of our dear friend Henry Bromell, who has been a part of the SHOWTIME family for over a decade. Henry was an immensely talented and prolific writer, director and showrunner, and his work on BROTHERHOOD and HOMELAND was nothing short of brilliant. His passion, warmth, humor and generosity will be greatly missed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife and family.
Bromell certainly was a major talent and a good guy to boot; from a viewer perspective, he was also one of the cadre of writers at the forefront of the drama renaissance, who brought style, intelligence and character development to his shows, which included "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "I'll Fly Away." Keep in mind — those two low-rated NBC dramas survived in a climate where it was much easier to drop in a sitcom or cop show and the reason they did survive is because NBC's leaders at the time, Grant Tinker and Brandon Tartikoff, recognized that many viewers also wanted quality. These shows seeded some of what you're getting on the air right now .?.?. Bromell was right in the thick of the quality drama movement, along with people like David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, Steven Bochco, and David E. Kelley, among others.
He was a highly unusual get for Simon on "Homicide" — a published short story author and a staff writer for the New Yorker. He would make a classic show even better.
According to the Deadline report, he was 66, and suffered from a heart attack after going to the hospital yesterday afternoon.