Hollywood's Power Showrunners: Ones to Watch

6:00 AM 10/6/2017

by Michael O'Connell

Eight novice TV bosses, many fostered by established EPs, made big impressions in 2017.

Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
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The list of thriving, admired and innovative writer-producers who didn't make the final cut for THR's top 50 showrunners of 2017 has got to be twice as long as the list itself. There just isn't room for all of the talent working in Peak TV today. Looking into the crystal ball, these fresh faces — all first-time showrunners — are among the crop you'll likely be hearing more from in the future.

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

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    His Riverdale, under Greg Berlanti, may be in hot water over star K.J. Apa's recent post-work car wreck, but the show signals a new future for The CW. The drama is said to have been an unprecedented hit for CW streaming and Netflix. A sister series (a Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot) is in the works.

  • Dave Andron

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    John Singleton's pick to shepherd his FX cocaine drama Snowfall is finally in the driver's seat after a successful tenure writing on Justified. The drama, not yet at the level of his network's critically beloved mainstays, returns for a second season in 2018.

  • Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers

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    These TV newcomers created TBS' Search Party, back for season two Nov. 19, alongside director Michael Showalter. The dark comedy is niche, for now, but people really like what they're doing and they're among the few fresh showrunners to have gotten a no-brainer renewal in the last year.

  • Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

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    The Jenji Kohan empire at Netflix made a big move this summer with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). Created by Flahive and Mensch, two writers who met working on Nurse Jackie, it is currently topping the list of Netflix's most eagerly awaited returns.

  • Robia Rashid

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    After fine-tuning her comedy chops on How I Met Your Mother, Rashid scored a TV series of her own, Netflix's Atypical, which got a huge push — even by the streamer's standards. Tackling autism in the half-hour format helped distinguish the show and earned it a quick renewal.

  • Sarah Watson

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    This Jason Katims disciple (credits on Parenthood and About a Boy) finally launched her own show in Freeform critical breakout (yes, really) The Bold Type — a loose spin on the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. She's leaving ahead of season two, but her work has gotten her plenty of good will.