Contributing to the “Summer of MeTV Classic TV Blogathon,” The Classic Film and TV Café looks back at Prescription: Murder, the 1968 NBC teleflick introducing Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo of the Los Angeles Police Department. The ratings popularity of that movie encouraged the network to consider it as the inspiration for a series, and NBC asked creators Richard Levinson and William Link for an official pilot. “[T]hat became Ransom for a Dead Man,” explains the Café’s Rick29. “It was telecast in March 1971, with the Columbo TV series debuting the following September.”
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