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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    Dan Harmon
    "Community" (NBC)

    Harmon's first showrunning job led to some unexpected compilations in Season 1. "We planned that our lead Jeff (Joel McHale) would go from lone wolf to being part of a family in 12 (episodes), but after six, I thought, 'Well, he's already there.' " That meant scrambling to compensate for character development in the second half of the season. "We got less 'Office-y' and more '30 Rock-y,' " he explains with a characteristic pop culture reference. 

    Favorite TV Moment: The series finale of "Quantum Leap." "I remember watching that as a young kid and going, 'Holy crap, it's a time travel show and it's killing me.' "

    Big Break: "Ben Stiller gave me my first big break in TV -- we did a pilot ('Heat Vision and Jack'). It was critically well-received but failed. Still, that led to my seduction and now full immersion in television."


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