Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TV Showrunners: The Network Shapes the Show

Panel of TV "hitmakers" discuss creating series at HRTS luncheon series
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/8/2010 6:59:32 PM

A group of showrunners Wednesday shared their experiences creating hit series at The Hollywood Radio & Television Society's Newsmaker Luncheon Series "The Hitmakers" in Los Angeles, where the consensus was the network one's show airs on makes a big difference.

Moderator Peter Tolan, co-creator, executive producer, writer and director of FX's Rescue Me, asked the group about the differences working for a network with an established brand, versus one that's in flux, like NBC

"I don't think there's a writer here who wouldn't see NBC's woes as an opportunity," said Shane Brennan, whose shows NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, are on CBS. "Working for a very successful studio or network can be very limiting, because they want to stick with what's working."


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