for the first comment, although I chose not to quote it.
No, I knew at the time, since I always read the credits, but I can't recall now who it was. (It would take me a tenth of a second to find it on Google, but I'll leave it up to you to enlighten me. You're slower, but more entertaining.) I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be Stephen J. Cannell, because it has some of his charactistics, but it seems a bit light for him.