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June 23 2012

TV's all-time greatest writers. Joss gets included in this Flavorwire list.

I can't wait for The Newsroom. Or for the third season of Treme for that matter.
I love everyone on this list, but also find it kinda appalling that it's only from the last decade of television, essentially, despite the header "All-Time." Rod Serling, Norman Lear, Steve Bochco, James L. Brooks, Chris Carter, Paddy Chayefsky, Don Bellisario, Glen A. Larson... I'm not saying all of these guys top the guys on the list (I sure don't hang around Glen Larson fansites), but I find it a massive oversight that none of them even gets name-checked.

[ edited by Jobo on 2012-06-24 09:17 ]
If it had included non-US writers, I would have added writers like Dennis Potter, Galton and Simpson, Alan Bleasdale,Russell T Davies, Lynda La Plante, John Sullivan and Croft and Perry.
Ahh yeah. Way to make me look narrow-minded while scolding someone for being narrow-minded, Simon! ;)
Mark Frost and David Lynch, Troy Kennedy Martin, Steven Moffat, Patrick McGoohan, Shawn Ryan.
Good list, glad to see Harmon up there after all the Community woes. But where was Matthew Weiner at? I mean, come on!
Adding Amy Sherman-Palladino and leaving out Greg Daniels?
Where is J. Michael Straczynski on this list? Oh yeah...Babylon 5 aired all the way back in the 1990s.
As an all time greats this is kinda crappy... And not just because of Rod Serling, i mean the list of classic people, in America only, who would eat most of the people on that list for breakfast is huge...
I think it should be amended to "America's Greatest TV Show-Runner/Writers of The Last 15 Years"...
If you're writing one of these lists, and you don't pen the name "Rod Serling" ...
Well, this 70s & 80s girl would add the following:

Cheers: James Burrows, Glen Charles, Les Charles, and David Angel

All in the Family: Norman Lear and Johnny Speight (and yes, I know there's a British version that was even more blunt for the times, but I didn't watch it.)

M*A*S*H: W.C. Heinz, Richard Hooker, Ring Lardner Jr. and Larry Gelbart among many many others.

Star Trek: Gene Roddenberry ( goofy lines but the concept! the genre! the characters!)

Monty Python: the whole bunch of them.

SNL: Lorne Michaels and that team from the 70s.

I had a lot of fun looking up this stuff on IMDB. That list was weak.

[ edited by hann23 on 2012-06-25 14:45 ]

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