Q: A friend told me that Hunter S. Thompson came up with the idea for "Nash Bridges." Is that true?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Your friend must be a Seth Meyers fan.

Thompson didn't get a producer credit, but if you listen to Don Johnson (who did get a producer credit, as well as, you know, the "starring" credit) then, yes, famed journalist and '70s icon Hunter S. Thompson did help conceive the '90s cop show "Nash Bridges."

In a recent interview on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," Johnson said he and Thompson were neighbors for a time, and very good friends. Thompson was over at Johnson's house one day, "complaining that he didn't have any money."

"I said, 'Well, hey, I have this commitment on CBS for 22 episodes, let's just come up with something,'" Johnson reminisced on "Late Night." He continued: "We did come up with something. It was terrible. But he was there — he was in the room so he got a royalty. And I took the germ of the idea that we came up with and I turned it into 'Nash Bridges.'"

Though he didn't get a producer credit, he does get a couple of writing credits. Eagle-eyed viewers (or those who poke around deep in the subpages of IMDb) will know that Thompson was credited as a writer for two late episodes — one in Season 4 and one in Season 6.

It's not clear if those were remnants of this original, late-night brainstorm, or whether Johnson went back to the famed weirdo (author of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," "The Rum Diary" and many other landmark pieces) for ideas.

Another fun fact: Thompson also appeared, uncredited, as a restaurant piano player in the first two episodes of the show.


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