Acclaimed television producer, Michael Gleason, got his start in TV as a writer in 1962, on the western series "Rawhide. " He built his reputation in short order, scripting episodes for westerns dramas like "Laramie" and "Big Valley." By 1965, he had become a staff writer on "Peyton Place," the original prime time soap opera. Gleason went on to pen a total of 36 episodes of the hit show from the mid to late 1960s. He then wrote and produced the crime drama series " McCloud," which earned him an Emmy nod for Outstanding Limited Series. In 1982, he developed a more popular crime drama, "Remington Steele," which featured a pre-James Bond Pierce Brosnan. The adventure series, on which Gleason served as writer and producer, ran from 1982 to 1987. After the show wrapped, Gleason's TV work become more sporadic, though he penned episodes of the Dick Van Dyke medical drama, "Diagnosis Murder," a series on which he also served as executive producer. After penning a string of made-for-TV movies, and episodes of " Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "Charmed," "She Spies," Gleason eased in retirement in the late 2000s.