TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010
"I'm probably one of the few showrunners in town who's sat face-to-face with a serial killer," Tamaro says. "He said he wouldn't kill me, he'd just rape me." That was back in her former life as an ABC news correspondent, which gave her plenty of material for her second career as a writer-producer. After two years on "Bones," in May 2008 Tamaro channeled her gritty past into the "Rizzoli" pilot, and by that September, she'd already cast Angie Harmon as one of the leads. The show debuted to huge numbers in July, becoming the second-highest-rated cable series of the summer (behind its lead-in, "The Closer").
Favorite TV Moment: "My parents did not believe in television, though I was a secret TV junkie. I nearly electrocuted myself once trying to get the TV to work."
Big Break: "I wrote Episode 13 of 'Law & Order: SVU' while I was still a working journalist. I was there for filming and in one scene, this young actress plays a drug addict and gets shot. I was almost giddy when she got up and they said, 'Let's do it again.' I was like, 'She's alive!' That I could fictionalize this stuff and not live it was a relief."