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He worked on several iconic American shows of the era, and was particularly associated with influential writer and producer Stephen J. Cannell. Amongst the shows Beaton produced were Kung Fu, Baa Baa Black Sheep, The Duke, The Greatest American Hero, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe and Wiseguy, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.
Beaton also produced several projects which were, like Doctor Who, failed pilots that attempted to build on existing franchises, like Knight Rider 2010 and Dr. Strange. He also produced a couple of preceding tele-movies for Vanishing Son, a groundbreaking, if short-lived, series that featured one of the first Asian-American leads in American TV history.
Though Beaton enjoyed periods of series production, his resumé is replete with TV movies. Indeed, his most recent work seems to have been early 2000s Murder, She Wrote movies.
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