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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    Running Wilde
    Mitch Hurwitz
    "Running Wilde" (Fox)

    Hurwitz's late Fox comedy "Arrested Development" is now revered as a classic (please stop asking him about the still-in-development movie). But he remembers the perilous position his career was in before the show bowed in 2003. "The night before I turned in the 'Arrested' pilot, I sat down with my wife and we talked about our options and other jobs I might be able to do, like teach," he says. Hurwitz now has high hopes for "Running Wilde," which reunites him with "Arrested" stars Will Arnett and David Cross. "It's a simple, straightforward romantic comedy with bigger laughs than 'Arrested.' " he says. "Actually, how about I just say, 'It's more commercial.' Maybe more people will watch it?" 

    Favorite TV Moment: "I remember my mom waking me up one night at 11 p.m. and saying, ' "Fawlty Towers" is on. You have to see it!' " 

    Big Break: "Writer-producer Allan Burns went to high school with my mom, and after college he recommended me for an assistant gig working for (writer-producers) Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas. I called him shortly after I started and said, 'Um, I think there's been some mistake. They have me getting coffee. I'm a writer.' "


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