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TV's Top 50 Showrunners 2010

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The most influential TV showrunners in Hollywood.


Selections for The Hollywood Reporter’s third annual list of the top TV showrunners are based on the following criteria:

1. Direct responsibility for the day-to-day creative output of a scripted TV showcurrently on theair or debuting in the fall.

2. How prolific the showrunner is; those with more than one series on the air are more likely to be included. Writer-producers with a show debuting in the fall are included only if they created or ran a previous hit series.

3. Nielsen ratings, especially relative to other shows on the same network.

4. Emmy attention and/or critical praise.

5. Reputation among studio and network executives for professionalism and delivering high-quality and high-rated TV.

The Godfathers: Not included on the list but just as influential are major executive producers like J.J. Abrams (Fox’s Fringe and NBC’s Undercovers), Jerry Bruckheimer (CBS’ CSI franchise and Cold Case and NBC’s Chase), John Wells (TNT’s Southland and Showtime’s Shameless), Dick Wolf (the Law & Order franchise) and Anthony Zuiker (CSI). They impact TV as much as anyone on the Showrunners list.

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  1. Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer

    "Big Love" (HBO)read more

  2. Tyler Perry

    "House of Payne," "Meet the Browns" (TBS)read more

  3. Jeff Pinkner & J.H. Wyman

    "Fringe" (Fox)read more

  4. Shonda Rhimes

    "Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Off the Map" (ABC)read more

  5. Shawn Ryan

    "Terriers" (FX), "Ride-Along" (Fox)read more

  6. Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage

    "Chuck" (NBC), "Gossip Girl" (CW)read more

  7. David Shore & Katie Jacobs

    "House" (Fox)read more

  8. David Simon

    "Treme" (HBO)read more

  9. Kurt Sutter

    "Sons of Anarchy" (FX)read more

  10. Janet Tamaro

    "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT)read more

  11. Peter Tolan & Denis Leary

    "Rescue Me" (FX)read more

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