This is not a good way to start a new month.
Four celebrity passings in the last three days (or more) gets this week started on a major downer.
*---Allan Burns, 85, was a prolific writer-producer during the 50's through the 80's, with a resume that includes shows as diverse as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rocky & His Friends, the latter in collaboration with Chris Hayward. Burns & Hayward also developed The Munsters of Universal & CBS (1964-6).
*---Jamie Tarses, 56, was the daughter of comedian and comedy writer Jay Tarses, but made her mark as a network executive at NBC & ABC in the 80's.
*---Marc Wilmore, 57, was a writer and occasional performer on In Living Color, and also wrote for The Simpsons, among his many credits.
*--Dustin Diamond, 44, succumbed to stage 4 lung cancer. Best known for the original Saved by The Bell and its spinoffs, Diamond did not contribute to the revival, which debuted on Peacock right before Thanksgiving.
Following is a compilation of clips, also available at Saturday Morning Archives, of Diamond as Screech, and his on-screen romance with Violet (Tori Spelling):