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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    The Office
    Greg Daniels, Paul Liebersteinm & Mike Schur
    "The Office," "Parks and Recreation" (NBC)

    Daniels might be the master-mind behind NBC's mockumentary hits but he has ceded day-to-day control of "The Office" to Lieberstein heading into Season 7 and Schur for "Parks & Rec," whose third season starts in January. Lieberstein, who also plays Toby on the show, was surprised that he wasn't deluged by wanna-be writers when he took over. "I expected a nonstop barrage of phone calls and scripts and I didn't get that at all," he says. Well, that quote might change things. Favorite TV Moment: "Hearing Archie call out 'Meathead!' on 'All in the Family,' " Lieberstein says. 

    Big Break: "Getting hired by Jon Stewart to come up with comedy pieces for his book 'Naked Pictures of Famous People' (in 1997)," Schur says. "I think he used one-third of one idea, but just him believing in me and hiring me made me feel like maybe I could do this as a career. He then called Steve Higgins at 'SNL' and recommended me for a job there."

     

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