Showrunners to Watch for 2013: Looking Ahead to Next Year's List
This story first appeared in the Oct. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
House of Lies SHOWTIME
His acid-tinged take on consultant work (now filming its second season) earned star Don Cheadle an Emmy nomination.
Early ratings showed his modern twist on Sherlock Homes had beaten CBS' The Mentalist in its old 10 p.m. Thursday slot.
DANA FOX, NEIL GOLDMAN AND GARRETT DONOVAN
Ben and Kate FOX
Fox's brother-sister comedy had a modest debut but was that rare new (network!) comedy to earn nearly all positive reviews.
DAVID GUARASCIO AND MOSES PORT
Being asked to take over for ousted showrunner Dan Harmon warrants watching. And the series scored its first-ever Emmy nomination last season for comedy series writing.
The soap (penned by Callie Khouri) is set to bow Oct. 10 amid positive buzz for its mingling of stars (Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere) and country-style behind-the-music drama.
MINDY KALING AND MATT WARBURTON
The Mindy Project FOX
Its New Girl lead-in allowed the single-gal comedy to perform better than the network's previous inhabitant at 9:30 Tuesday, Raising Hope.
Arrow The CW
With built-in comic-book cred and a star-on-the-rise in lead Stephen Amell, his superhero saga could emerge as the network's much-needed new hit.
His drama is the latest brain-bending J.J. Abrams creation whose debut crushed its Monday-night competition (ABC's Castle, CBS' Hawaii Five-0).
SHAWN RYAN AND KARL GAJDUSEK
Last Resort ABC
Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman top Ryan's modest-performing but well-received new military drama.
Total viewers exceeded 14 million for his new 1960s-set Sin City backstory featuring Dennis Quaid and Emmy winner Michael Chiklis.
Switched at Birth ABC FAMILY
Her teen drama is now the No. 1 scripted cable series on Monday nights for women ages 18-to-49.