The Hollywood Reporter Names the 50 Power Showrunners of 2013
Normally a showrunner whose work is untested wouldn’t find his name on this list. But under Gimple, 42, TWD soared to a record-shattering 16.1 million viewers in its season premiere Oct. 13 and 10.4 million adults 18-to-49, making it the most watched series on TV in the demo. Gimple was promoted in February (after Glen Mazzara exited) and had penned some of the ratings juggernaut’s best-reviewed episodes from last season, as well as the pivotal season-two hour that featured one of the show’s most shocking deaths. The first-time showrunner also wrote the season-four premiere, as the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s long-running comic takes a “remix” approach to the source material and a slower pace.