“A showrunner is the person responsible for the day-to-day operation of a television series, having both producing and writing responsibilities.”
1. Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (How I Met Your Mother)
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas met at Wesleyan University and have been friends since. Writing partners for 15 years now, their first job was writing for The Late Show with David Letterman just three months out of college. They have been nominated for six primetime Emmy awards for their work on How I Met Your Mother which started in 2005. Basically, these guys are the best. Great writing philosophy, funny men, inspired minds, and caring hearts. They can’t imagine running the show without one another, and they are intent to stick with HIMYM till the end.
2. Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl)
At 26, Josh Schwartz became the youngest person in network history to create and run a show (The O.C. in 2003), and I don’t know about you but this guy is a BAMF in my book (and I haven’t even started on how good The O.C. is). Stephanie Savage served as a producer and later on a writer on the show and it is from here that they started their partnership. Hart of Dixie, a new show starring Rachel Bilson, is not created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage but they serve as executive producers on the show and have had a close relationship with Rachel Bilson ever since The O.C.. I love this creative collaboration because these guys have worked on so many shows together ranging from one side of the spectrum to the other, it’s really just freaking amazing.
Side note: Josh Schwartz runs Chuck with Chris Fedak.
3. Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries)
Based on the book series by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries has given The CW network seriously fantastic ratings (some of the best in network history). You know if that’s happening, it means that these guys can BRING IT. The show even has their own Wikipedia page for “List of awards and nominations received by The Vampire Diaries”. Apart from the success of the show, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec are great on twitter, they’re great at comic-con, and they have dubbed each other their unofficial “life partners”.
4. Steve Levitan & Christopher Lloyd (Modern Family)
Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd individually have achieved so many things in their career already, I think Modern Family is just the awkward but funny cherry on top of the Emmy cake (they too have their own Wikipedia page for awards and nominations – it’s longer). Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have very different approaches and personalities, it’s when their different paths meet and sync up where the genius is created. They officially joined up as partners in 2006 and together they too also have their own production compnay.
5. David Shore & Katie Jacobs (House)
David Shore controls the writers room, and Katie Jacobs runs everything else. They never really know what’s coming up next on the show, they have this set formula of how the episode usually goes and then somewhere along the season there’s this complete change and they try something new and extreme. 8 seasons in, and these guys aren’t bored of House, they’re still looking to learn more about him and it really shows commitment. Their proud and happy of their work, and the medical cases in each episode have an extra bonus of bringing awareness to people.
6. Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story)
In 2003, Ryan Murphy created Nip/Tuck (and got his first ever Emmy nomination from it). Brad Falchuk was hired to write for the show, and formed a close bond and partnership with Ryan Murphy. They are the closest of friends and Ryan Murphy is a P O W E R H O U S E!
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