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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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    Private Practice
    Shonda Rhimes
    "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Off the Map" (ABC)

    Rhimes is typically coolheaded despite now juggling three hourlong shows. She says she rarely worries about writing herself into a corner. In the Season 7 "Grey's" opener, she's dealing with the aftermath of a hospital shooting that "completely changed all the characters for good," while on "Practice" "we did a crazy woman cutting Violet's baby out of her belly one year, so we sort of feel like we can do almost anything."

    Favorite TV Moment: Buffy discovering her mother dead on the sofa on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." "A great end-of-innocence moment," she says. Or Dexter coming home to find his wife dead in the bathtub in last year's season finale of "Dexter": "It was one of the best television surprises."

    Big Break: Selling her first spec script, "Human Seeking Same," to New Line Cinema in the late '90s. "At the time I wrote it, I was pretty much broke and done," she says. "I felt like, 'OK, if it doesn't sell, I'll leave town.' It went on the market ... and, at the end of the day, it sold."

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