Power Showrunners: 10 to Watch for 2012

David Strick

Here are some likely candidates for next year's rundown of power showrunners:

Remi Aubuchon, Falling Skies (TNT)

After journeyman duty on Stargate Universe and Battlestar Galactica, he's in the driver's seat for season two of the biggest cable premiere of 2011.

David Caspe, Happy Endings (ABC)

His first TV project not only received a second-season pickup from ABC, but landed him a two-year overall deal with Endings' studio Sony Pictures Television.

Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, Homeland (Showtime)

The 24 vets are back with a sizzling spy thriller that premiered Oct. 2 to the best ratings for a Showtime original drama in eight years.

Michael Patrick King, 2 Broke Girls (CBS)

The Sex and the City producer was given a full second-season order for his new comedy after only two weeks and a premiere that attracted nearly 20 million.

Liz Meriwhether, New Girl (Fox)

The No Strings Attached screenwriter gave Fox its best series premiere ratings in a decade (10 million viewers) and a critical hit in her Zooey Deschanel vehicle.

Glen Mazzara, The Walking Dead (AMC)

The Shield veteran replaced departed showrunner Frank Darabont just in time to usher in a much-anticipated monster second season of Dead on Oct. 16.

Rene Echevarria, Terra Nova (Fox)

The former Star Trek: The Next Generation scribe has the fall's most ambitious epic and surprised the biz with a strong second episode.

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, Once Upon a Time (ABC)

All eyes are on the former Lost writers, whose latest fantasy amalgam could have the same -- and rare -- cross-generational appeal as their previous epic.

Farhad Safinia, Boss (Starz)

The first foray of the Iranian-born, London-raised writer's series was renewed for a second season -- a month before the Oct. 21 premiere of its first episode.

Emily Spivey, Up All Night (NBC)

The Saturday Night Live alum has given NBC a rare Wednesday night comedy gem, greatly needed after it axed the poor-performing Free Agents.

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