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November 03 2009

IMDB Daily Poll: 'Who is television's top writer-producer?' Joss currently tops today's IMDb poll with J.J. Abrams just behind.

[ edited by wolfpurplemoon on 2009-11-04 17:15 ]

Just voted. Thanks for the head's up.
I hate that imdb requires registration now days... Actually I think I did register once but I certainly don't remember what I wrote so I can't just sign in. *sigh*
Yeah, I also don't remember how I registated anymore and the registration system doesn't seem to work either. I don't really mind that I can't vote, but I would like to see the results. (So if anyone were to post them here, that would be greatly appreciated.)

Seems like a strong field of contenders. I would have voted Sorkin, but there are a lot of powerhouses out there: Whedon (obviously), Alan Ball, Matt Groening, Russel T. Davies, Gervais/Merchant, Steve Moffat, Crane/Kauffman, David Milch, Seth MacFarlane, they all know how to make some great television.
As of 10:40 Eastern:
Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "Firefly") 875 (17.0%)
J.J. Abrams ("Lost", "Alias", "Fringe") 612 (11.9%)
Matt Groening ("The Simpsons", "Futurama") 492 (9.6%)
Larry David ("Seinfeld", "Curb Your Enthusiasm") 406 (7.9%)
Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy", "The Cleveland Show", "American Dad!") 228 (4.4%)
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant ("The Office", "Extras") 208 (4.0%)
Aaron Sorkin ("The West Wing", "Sports Night", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") 199 (3.9%)
The writer-producer I would have selected is not on this list. 180 (3.5%)
Alan Ball ("Six Feet Under", "True Blood") 180 (3.5%)
David Simon ("Homicide: Life on the Street", "The Wire") 166 (3.2%)
Tina Fey ("30 Rock", "Saturday Night Live") 152 (3.0%)
David Crane and Marta Kauffman ("Friends", "Dream On") 140 (2.7%)
Chuck Lorre ("Two and a Half Men", "The Big Bang Theory") 134 (2.6%)
Donald P. Bellisario ("Magnum, P.I.", "JAG", "Navy NCIS") 130 (2.5%)
Dick Wolf ("Law & Order", "Law & Order: SVU", "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") 116 (2.3%)
Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men", "The Sopranos") 113 (2.2%)
Steven Bochco ("Hill Street Blues", "L.A. Law", "NYPD Blue") 100 (1.9%)
I'm not familiar with any of these people or their shows, so I have no opinion. 95 (1.8%)
Chris Carter ("The X-Files", "Millennium") 86 (1.7%)
David Chase ("The Sopranos", "The Rockford Files") 79 (1.5%)
Darren Star ("Melrose Place", "Beverly Hills", "90210", "Sex and the City") 72 (1.4%)
David E. Kelley ("Chicago Hope", "Ally McBeal", "The Practice") 69 (1.3%)
Anthony E. Zuiker and Ann Donahue ("CSI", "CSI: NY", "CSI: Miami") 68 (1.3%)
Russell T. Davies ("Doctor Who", "Torchwood", "Queer as Folk") 56 (1.1%)
Steven Moffat ("Doctor Who", "Coupling", "Jekyll") 45 (0.9%)
Shawn Ryan ("The Shield," "Lie to Me," "The Unit") 35 (0.7%)
David Milch ("Deadwood", "NYPD Blue") 30 (0.6%)
Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck," "Glee") 27 (0.5%)
Andrew Davies ("House of Cards", "Pride and Prejudice", "Little Dorrit") 24 (0.5%)
Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy", "Private Practice") 19 (0.4%)
Lynda LaPlante ("Prime Suspect", "Trial & Retribution") 4 (0.1%)
Peter Bowker ("Desperate Romantics," "Blackpool") 1 (0.0%)

A total of 5141 votes were collected.
Sure the impulse is to vote for Joss, but hard decision amongst those like Ball, Weiner, Kelley, Sorkin, etc.!!
Not that I would vote for him over Joss, but... No Bryan Fuller? Wonder how much of that 3.5% for "unlisted" he counts for. I know he's got some following.
Joss no question, although l'm a fan of JJ Abrams as well.
Yeah Fuller is great, though I can think of a quite a few other targets for the unlisted votes like Amy Sherman-Palladino, Ronald D. Moore and Rob Thomas.
Brad Wright, too. Just seems like with a list that long they could have included everybody and their mothers. Some of those people have done nothing I've ever heard of, but maybe I'm just relatively ignorant of non-Joss television. Bowker? LaPlante? What?
It's been a little while since I checked his IMDB "resume" but I'm pretty sure the last time I did "Ripper" wasn't there. Details are only for IMDB PRO...which I admittedly, am only an IMDB amateur. Anyway...Ripper, is this worth any excitement or is someone just screwing around?

(Tony Head has no such tag on his IMDB site, btw)
I have an IMDb account, but I've forgotten the password. D;
I noticed "Ripper" also. IDK if it's someone messing around or not, but I really hope not. I'd love to see a series about Giles. Joss has about 5% more of the votes than the 2nd place person now, which is JJ Abrams. As always, Joss is #1 in my book!
Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "Firefly")
1397
(17.5%)
J.J. Abrams ("Lost", "Alias", "Fringe")
956
(12.0%)
Matt Groening ("The Simpsons", "Futurama")
733
(9.2%)
IMDb can be updated by the public so for facts its pretty much as trustworthy as Wikipedia.

I'm addicted to the site as well, it was one of my first real deal forums so I've stuck around (although never became Clique like some boards have - Just move as my interest moves). Also, that's a huge list, I voted for Joss but some seriously cool contenders on there (with a decent number missing as well).

[ edited by Jayme on 2009-11-03 20:36 ]
Sorkin below MacFarlane and Groening? :(

and the Groosalugg, totally agree that Amy Sherman-Palladino merits many votes.
Define "top".

"'Oh God, Oh God, we're all gonna die'?"
Joss wins these polls all the time, just to show how irrelevant they are. If they were any indication of anything, Dollhouse would be thriving.
How is Bryan Fuller not here?!? Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls... Hello?
I love Joss but I also love Sorkin and Davies, it's a very hard choice. and why no Fuller?
I wish they included Dollhouse in his list of shows.
While Joss wins easily for me, Sorkin is truly a genius, and I'd be very happy if he won this poll as well. I wish desperately he'd do another TV show. Otherwise... would Tim Minear count? I mean, his shows don't last long, but man, do I love them.
I couldn't find my long unused IMDb password, so I did the whole "reset your password" thingy - took all of two minutes to set a new password, get both email conformations, login and vote.
The least I could do for Joss, although he's well on top (17.7 to J.J.s 12.2). ;)

Both Aaron Sorkin (3.8) and David Simon (3.0) deserve a lot more respect, IMO. Also Alan Ball.

As for no Ron Moore .... unless they're only classifying him as a Creator/Producer and not a Head Writer as well, there is no excuse for him not being on this list.
I'd put him well ahead of J.J., just below Joss.
@ JAYROCK: Not everyone likes "Dollhouse"...

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