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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    The Closer
    James Duff
    "The Closer" (TNT)

    With a big Emmy win last month for star Kyra Sedgwick and 7 million-8 million viewers per episode, Duff's sassy procedural is the No. 1 scripted show on cable. (Talk to Duff, though, and the ratings should be closer to 9.5 million, including DVR viewership.) The former playwright is up at 6 a.m. to write before coming to work, and is highly proprietary of every aspect of his show. So even though he may shoot a new script for another network this year, he has no plans to hand off "Closer." "I promised Kyra that as long as she's doing the show, I'll never leave." 

    Favorite TV Moment: Walter Cronkite announcing that President Kennedy had been shot. "I was 8, and that is the single-most-stunning memory for me." 

    Big Break: " 'Doing Time on Maple Drive' (1992) was the first thing I wrote for television." 

     

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