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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    NCIS: Los Angeles
    Shane Brennan
    "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS)

    Running two of CBS' highest-rated dramas is a walk in the park compared to making television in less time and with fewer dollars in Brennan's native Australia. "For me, coming here means I can take weekends off and do a bit of golf," he says. And with ratings running so high, he's even open to the idea of a third spinoff. "We've done 165 episodes of 'NCIS' and there's no shortage of stories," he says. "We're coming up with fresh material all the time." 

    Favorite TV Moment: "The first episode of 'Hill Street Blues' proved that the U.S. was finally making television like we'd always had in Australia and England. We were now competing with the U.S. for high-quality dramas."

    Big Break: "I took over running 'The Man From Snowy River' (an Australia-U.S. co-production) when the showrunner had a heart attack; Lee David Zlotoff (creator of "MacGyver") came out and helped me break 26 episodes in two weeks. He taught me all these tricks and said I had the skills to run an American show." 

     

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