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'FlashForward' Gets New Showrunners

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 11th 2010 1:01PM
FlashForward
There are many ways to tell if there's something wrong with a show. Ratings drop, a big star leaves the show, baby is added to get attention, etc, etc. Another way to tell something isn't right is if the show (particularly a new one) goes through showrunners like, well, like I go through Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Take 'FlashForward'. First showrunner Mark Guggenheim left the production and earlier this week David Goyer left. Now comes word that Goyer has been replaced.

TheWrap.com reports that Goyer has been replaced with three people: Lisa Zwerling, Jessika Borsiczky, and Tim Lea will be in charge of the show. But who knows if this show will see a second season. They've made some mistakes creatively, ABC has cut the episode order a bit, and it just seems like one of those shows whose mystery can be wrapped up in one season (the big event happens to coincide with the season finale, which could work out well).

[Catch up on 'FlashForward' at SlashControl before the show returns on March 18.]

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'FlashForward' Showrunner Marc Guggenheim Leaving

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 21st 2009 1:15PM
Marc Guggenheim of FlashForward Well, that was fast. 'FlashForward' co-showrunner/executive producer Marc Guggenheim, who was brought on after the series pilot for his experience, has departed the show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 'FlashForward' co-creator/executive producer David Goyer will now helm the series alone.

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Joss Whedon Directing 'Glee.' Which Other TV Writers Should, Too?

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 20th 2009 1:30PM
Joss Whedon Just in case you thought Fox's 'Glee' couldn't get any more geeky-yet-fabulous: Joss Whedon is directing an upcoming episode of the musical high school dramedy.

The 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Dollhouse' creator, who famously masterminded the all-singing 'Once More, With Feeling' episode of 'Buffy' and last year's online musical hit 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog,' confirmed the news (first broken at EW.com) Monday on his own blog. "I'm going to do my best not to gush like a fanboy for eight straight days on set," Whedon wrote.

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FX showrunners take turns tearing NBC a new one - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 8th 2009 7:01AM
FX Showrunners Panel
FX held panels for Archer and Sons of Anarchy on Friday morning, but by then press tour fatigue had set in, and the energy in the room was low for both. It was especially low for Archer, a Adult Swim-esque spy cartoon by the creator of Sealab 2021 that most of the critics hadn't yet seen. The panel seemed to be more content with answering with wise-ass remarks that made themselves laugh but the just served to make us tired masses annoyed.

Things perked up, though, when the network presented five of its show-runners to talk about what it's like to develop edgy dramas for basic cable. But since the theme of the week has invariably been "Leno at 10," the questions often came back to the fact that NBC with one fell swoop wiped out five hours of scripted drama per week. And the show-runners took every opportunity to bash the Peacock for it.

And it got ugly: "I feel they should take the American flag down in front of the building and just put up a white one," said Rescue Me's Peter Tolan, "because they've clearly given up."

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ABC show-runner panel: Heigl, Lost's endpoint, and musical theater - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 18th 2008 11:47AM
ABC show runner panel
I wanted to wait a bit before I posted about the ABC showrunner panel, because a) I already posted about the "news" from Shonda Rhimes about Katherine Heigl's statements, and b) I wanted to think about why these panels seem to be so much more informative than the individual show panels?

We'll get to that more later. On the panel were Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Silvio Horta (Ugly Betty), Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Lost), and Greg Berlanti (seemingly the rest of ABC's schedule). As you'd expect, Rhimes got the Heigl questions, Lindelof and Cuse got the most esoteric questions, and Chery made the most jokes. The funniest line, though, came from Horta.

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TV production halts as showrunners refuse to cross WGA picket lines

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Nov 7th 2007 9:36AM
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Wanda Sykes on the WGA picket lineIt's Day Three of the WGA Strike, and things are getting serious. Production on some scripted sitcoms and dramas is already coming to screeching halt -- despite the fact that completed scripts have yet to be shot.

Sitcoms which have already gone dark are: The New Adventures of Old Christine, Back to You, 'Til Death, and Rules of Engagement. And with Steve Carrell refusing to cross the picket line, The Office has shut down for business, as well.

Meanwhile, Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit) have publicly stated that they won't perform their showrunner responsibilities either. Without their showrunners, these high profile dramas will most likely cease production earlier than networks expected.

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