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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    David Simon
    "Treme" (HBO)

    The Baltimore Sun reporter-turned TV writer-producer followed up his groundbreaking "The Wire" with a kaleidoscopic chronicle of post-Katrina New Orleans that feels about as close to a documentary as is possible in scripted drama. Tragedy hit the shoot in March when producer David Mills died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, but the show will carry on his legacy with a second-season pickup by HBO.

    Favorite TV Moment: " 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' and its ruminations on the film classic 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians': 'Old man take a look at your elf, he's a lot like you.' "

    Big Break: "I sold a book to Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson at about the moment when my home in newspaper journalism began crumbling. ["Homicide" producer] Fontana a) offered me a writing gig; and b) promised to teach me how to produce television. Promise kept."

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