Tom Whedon in 2006

Tom Whedon (August 3, 1932 – March 23, 2016) was a television writer and father of Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. He worked with Jon Stone on a concept for a Muppet Cinderella series as early as 1964. Their pilot was shot, but never aired. It was what first acquainted them with Jim Henson's Muppets, and together, they went on to make the Hey Cinderella! TV special for ABC in 1970.

Whedon would go on to work for the Children's Television Workshop, also with Jon Stone; Stone worked on Sesame Street while Whedon became head writer for The Electric Company starting in season 2, replacing Paul Dooley. Whedon also wrote for the joint Sesame Street/Electric Company special Out to Lunch in 1974 (including additional lyrics for some of Joe Raposo's songs). In 2006, he was interviewed for The Best of The Electric Company DVD set.

His other credits include writing for The Golden Girls, The Dick Cavett Show, Alice, Benson, Captain Kangaroo, and Between the Lions.

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