TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010
It may have been borne from an idea by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but "Fringe" enters its third season as a clear Pinkner and Wyman production. "I never had any experience with science fiction before," admits Wyman, who previously ran "Keen Eddie" and now splits duties 50-50 with Pinker. "But it became apparent to me that science fiction talks about the human condition."
Favorite TV Moment: "The dream sequence in 'Twin Peaks' when Dale Cooper has this interaction with the man from another place," Wyman says. "It was life-changing because a large part of who I am comes from a place of atmosphere, and in one sequence [creator] David Lynch made me understand that there was a darkness and an evil out there I could not comprehend."
Big Break: "I had written a spec script based on an experience I had at law school and gave it to a friend -- and unbeknownst to me he sent it to his client David E. Kelley," Pinker says. "I was on the way to my wedding in San Francisco and the phone rang and someone said, 'Please hold for David Kelley.' I assumed it was a joke. He had me write an episode of 'The Practice' that was produced as an episode of 'Ally McBeal,' and from there my career in TV took off."