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Inside the Job of a Showrunner with 'The Comedians' Ben Wexler

For the past decade television audiences have become increasingly aware of the showrunner, the individual responsible for the day-to-day operations of a television show. Ben Wexler has built his career working on shows like Community and Arrested Development, where the showrunners can stand out as much as the stars. Wexler is now the executive producer and co-creator of FX’s The Comedians. The show stars Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as slightly heightened versions of themselves, teamed up to create a new FX sketch show. I spoke with Wexler about creative freedoms, the many talents of his stars, and the importance of being a decisive showrunner.

Conan O'Brien Is Producing a Fox Comedy from a 'Community' Writer

TV development season is winding down, but Conan O'Brien just sold a new sitcom to Fox that he'll produce through his company Conaco, Deadline reports. Fox has given a script order for a pilot to the show, called Bob's New Heart Show (a play on the title of The Bob Newhart Show). It's a single-camera medical comedy written by Ben Wexler (Community, The Good Guys, Still Standing) and revolving around "a young hotshot doctor who, after receiving a heart transplant, re-evaluates his life and takes over the small family practice in the working-class neighborhood where he grew up." Conaco currently produces O'Brien's eponymous TBS talk show and Chris [...]