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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    David Shore & Katie Jacobs
    "House" (Fox)

    After seven seasons, Shore and Jacobs have settled into an easy partnership. "We have similar tastes, and I trust her to do what I want," Shore jokes. He runs the writers' room and she makes the production happen, including occasionally directing episodes. There are small changes in store this year, with the temporary departure of Olivia Wilde and the hiring of Amber Tamblyn. Oh, and a long-awaited kiss by House and Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). "We'd been thinking about that since Season 1," says Shore, who is also trying to bring "The Rockford Files" back to TV for NBC. "But you don't want to do that kind of thing too early."

    Favorite TV Moment: " 'Miami Vice' had the nerve to kill off the kids our heroes were supposedly protecting," Shore says. "Going for that dark surprise ending was incredible. I remember staring at the TV set, just stunned at what a television show could do to you."

    Big Break: "When Steve McPherson was heading up Touchstone, he gave me my first shot, for 'Gideon's Crossing,'" Jacobs says. "I had produced movies but I didn't necessarily know what it took to produce a TV series."

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