– Television writer and producer David Jacobs has passed away
– Jacobs created the iconic 1980s television series “Dallas” and “Knots Landing”
– His influence on modern television dramas is evident with multiple reboots and spin-offs of his original shows
David Jacobs, the mastermind behind the classic American television series “Dallas” and “Knots Landing,” has died at the age of 89. The influential writer and producer passed away in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles.
Jacobs first made his mark in television with the hit series “Dallas,” which aired from 1978 to 1991. The show followed the trials and tribulations of the wealthy Ewing family, whose holdings included lucrative oil wells and cattle-ranching. “Dallas” became one of the most successful primetime dramas in history, lasting for 14 seasons and 357 episodes. The show’s popularity grew to the point where it became a phenomenon and cultural touchstone, leaving a significant influence on television dramas to come.
The iconic “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger moment in Dallas left millions of viewers anxiously awaiting the resolution. This episode and others showcased Jacobs’ skill in developing captivating storylines that kept audiences tuned in. As Jacobs once said, “I figured that people watch television in order to either find out what happens next or to be surprised — and that’s really all I [did].”
In addition to “Dallas,” Jacobs created the spin-off series “Knots Landing” in 1979. The show, which focused on the lives and relationships of the residents in a suburban cul-de-sac, enjoyed a 14-year run, making it the longest-running drama in television history at the time of its finale in 1993. “Knots Landing” further cemented Jacobs’ position as a pivotal figure in developing successful TV dramas.
The influence of David Jacobs can still be seen in popular culture today, with numerous reboots and spin-offs based on his original series. He leaves behind a lasting legacy as a writer and pioneer of modern television dramas. His impact on the landscape of television—and particularly the primetime soap opera—cannot be overstated.