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William Rabkin
WilliamRabkin
Occupation: Television producer/television writer/author
Years Active: 1987-present

William Rabkin is an American television producer, television writer and author.

Psych CreditsEdit

Rabkin co-wrote Forget Me Not S01E09 with his partner Lee Goldberg.

He also wrote the five Psych tie-in novels: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read (2009), Mind Over Magic (2009), The Call of the Mild (2010), A Fatal Frame of Mind (2010), and Mind-altering Murder (2011).

Other CreditsEdit

Rabkin has written for a number of notable television series, including Spenser: For Hire, Murphy's Law, Hunter, Baywatch, Diagnosis Murder, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories, Monk and many other series.

Nearly all of his television work has been collaborations with fellow writer and producer Lee Goldberg.

The pair have twice been nominated for an Edgar, an award for mystery writing named after Edgar Allen Poe. Both nominations were in the "Best Episode of a TV Series" category with the first being in 1993 for the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" episode of Likely Suspects and the second in 2002 for the "Prisoner's Base: Part 2" S01E05 episode of A Nero Wolfe Mystery. Both shows were highly regarded (7.8 and 8.3 imdb scores respectively), but cancelled after short runs.

In addition to the Psych novels, he also wrote other books such as Successful Television Writing (2003) (which he co-authored with Goldberg), Beginning Television Writing, (2010), and Writing the Pilot (2011).

In the 80s, Rabkin wrote for Starlog, an extremely influential monthly science fiction magazine. In this role he interviewed many actors and actresses, including Ally Sheedy (Mr. Yang) and Louis Gossett Jr. (Lloyd Marr the Super in Heeeeere's Lassie).

In 2011, Rabkin and Goldberg's Face of Evil (The Dead Man Book 1) was one of the fifteen launch novels for Amazon's 47North publishing imprint. The series, in collaboration with other authors and edited by Rabkin and Goldberg, continued for 24 total novels.


Personal LifeEdit

Rabkin teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension. The UCLA Extension Writers' Program is the largest open-enrollment writing and screenwriting program in the world.

He is also part of the core faculty of UC Riverside-Palm Desert’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts.

External LinksEdit

William Rabkin's Amazon Book Listing

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