TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010
One of the youngest showrunners ever when he launched "The O.C." at 26, Schwartz is now 34, married and diversifying his Fake Empire shingle -- run with Savage -- into movies. She takes the lead on "Gossip Girl" while he does double duty on "Gossip" and "Chuck" (with Chris Fedak) which will return with a 13-episode order. "Every year we never know if we're coming back," Schwartz says. "It's part of the fun."
Favorite TV Moment: "The masturbation contest on 'Seinfeld', " Schwartz says. "Or Dana Carvey performing the 'Choppin' Broccoli' song on 'SNL' (in 1986)."
Big Break: "Getting my first script on "The O.C." ('The Best Chrismukkah Ever')," Savage says. "Weeks after I handed it in, I was rewriting a pilot that then got ordered to series."