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The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013

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    Comedy
    Carter Bays and Craig Thomas - P 2011
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    Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

    Can a comedy’s audience grow in its ninth and final season? Bays and Thomas’ HIMYM not only has done this, the show also is anchoring CBS’ struggling Monday night comedy block alongside the recently relocated 2 Broke Girls. Returning to 9.5 million viewers, HIMYM is bolstered by an A-list cast — including Emmy and Tony host Neil Patrick Harris — and is building toward a buzzy finale in the spring, when the former college pals from Wesleyan University, both 38, likely will dive into creating new shows for 20th Century Fox Television per their lucrative overall deal, which expires after this season.

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