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Top 50 Power Showrunners 2011

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    Drama
    Michael Rauch & Andrew Lenchewski
    Michael Rauch and Andrew Lenchewski
    Royal Pains (USA)

    Rauch and Lenchewski credit the easygoing temperament of their Hamptons-set medical dramedy to the low turnover of its staff. "The biggest thing is preserving the writers room we started with," Lenchewski says. Unlike many showrunning pairs who divvy up aspects of the job, Rauch and Lenchewski, both from Manhattan, make all decisions in tandem -- whether it's about budget, scripts or casting. "Luckily, there's rarely ego, so it hasn't been a problem," says Rauch, 43, whose interest in the business sprouted when he was a kid watching second-run Paramount and RKO movies with his father. For Lenchewski, the early inspiration took a decidedly less prestigious form. "Saved by the Bell made me want to work in TV. I've taken a lot of shit for saying that," says Lenchewski, 35, who co-created Royal Pains with John P. Rogers. With the series averaging more than 5 million viewers in its third season, the showrunners are openly enjoying their hot streak. Jokes Lenchewski, "We have nowhere to go but down from here."

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