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Aaron Spelling, one of TV's most influential producers, passed on yesterday. Holding the world record for most prolific television producer, he was 83.

Though he was hardly a critic's darling, Spelling managed to produce some phenomenally popular and lucrative television series including, but by no means limited to, "Dynasty," "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "Charlie's Angels," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "7th Heaven." At one point it was joked that ABC might as well stand for Aaron's Broadcast Company, he was producing a third of the network's content. The effects on popular culture as well as the TV medium of Spelling's shows and the shows they inspired is hard to exaggerate. He leaves behind his wife Candy, a brother Randy, and his two children Randy and Tori.

His "mind candy" will be missed.

Photograph of Aaron Spelling from Wikipedia.