Posts tagged as showrunners

'Veep' Creator/Showrunner Armando Iannucci to Leave After Season 4

Veep is losing its creator and showrunner. THR reports that Armando Iannucci has decided to leave his post as showrunner on Veep after four seasons, and former Curb Your Enthusiasm director/executive producer David Mandel has signed on to replace him. "We have had conversations with Armando for some time about the challenges of maintaining his family life in London and producing a show in the states," a rep from HBO said in a statement. "Armando is not replaceable but we are confident that Veep will continue to be produced at the highest levels with new show runner, David Mandel." Veep has not yet been officially renewed by HBO.

'Key & Peele' Showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel Talk the Third Season, the Writing Process, and Metta World Peace

Key & Peele wraps up its third season next week, and the dynamic sketch show continues to work like a well-oiled machine, delivering an impressive and idiosyncratic mix of sketches with strong performances from creator-stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele and pitch-perfect cinematic aesthetics from director Peter Atencio. Comedy Central has renewed the show for a fourth season, and credit must also go to executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts. As showrunners, Martel — a television, film, and theater writer known for Strangers with Candy — and Roberts — writer, producer, UCB founder who executive produced Players on Spike TV with Martel — unite the disparate players around a common vision, oversee the writing staff, [...]

It's Official: Dan Harmon Is Coming Back to 'Community'

After being fired from his own show by the studio last May, Dan Harmon is coming back to Community. Reports have been circulating for weeks now that the ousted showrunner has been negotiating a deal to return, but Harmon confirmed these rumors himself via Twitter this weekend. After joking about his plans to return, Harmon was asked by a fan if he was really returning, and he replied, "Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back. You can thank @joelmchale."

Harmon spoke about the events onstage Saturday night at a Cinefamily event in Los Angeles, revealing that he still hasn't watched the show's fourth [...]

Top Comedy Showrunners Just Doing Some Roundtabling

The Hollywood Reporter brought together showrunners Carter Bays (How I Met Your Mother), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), and Emily Spivey (Up All Night) to have a roundtable discussion. (Though, the gang actually shared three roundtables. Also, for some reason they were arranged by who did or did not wear glasses.) They address all the many stresses of the job, like deciding on pen color:

Liz Meriwether: I was unprepared for the leadership; people are looking to you for everything, and you’re pretending to be an expert on, say, props. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I haven’t had a baby.


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.

'The Daily Show' Promotes Three Producers to Fill Showrunner Position

Longtime Daily Show showrunner Rory Albanese did his last episode on Thursday, and Comedy Central filled his job with three people today. Deadline reports that Adam Lowitt, Jennifer Flanz and Steve Bodow, all co-executive producers on the series, are being named the new showrunners. Albanese is moving to Los Angeles, where he will be working on a sitcom he sold to CBS. Lowitt and Flanz have been producers on The Daily Show since 2005 and 2006, respectively, while Bodow started as a writer in 2003 and had a stint as head writer from 2007 to 2010. The regime change comes just months after Jon Stewart took a [...]

Report: Dan Harmon Confirms He's Been Asked Back to 'Community'

A report came in earlier this month that Sony is interested in having Dan Harmon to return to Community for the show's fifth season, and now, it looks like Harmon has confirmed the news. Hollywookiee reports that, at the most recent live taping of his podcast Harmontown, the Community creator said this:

Dan Harmon just told the audience of his podcast Harmontown that he has been asked to return to Community! As soon as Dan said it, he asked that it be edited out of the podcast and it was just for us audience members (and I wasn't going to say a word), but soon after that, [...]

The TV Comedy Showrunners Roundtable

Have an hour to spare? You should check out The Hollywood Reporter's comedy showrunners roundtable! Featuring Community's Dan Harmon, Modern Family's Steve Levitan, The Big C's Jenny Bicks, Big Bang Theory's Bill Prady, Nurse Jackie's Liz Brizius, and Parks and Rec's Mike Schur, it features these folks talking about their shows, Twitter, and Charlie Sheen. I am only a bit of the way into it now but can say that if you are a nerd about comedies on TV, it is worth checking out. That is all! [via]

Former 'Daily Show' Showrunner Rory Albanese Joins 'The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore'

Comedy Central's new Colbert Report replacement, The Minority Report with Larry Wilmore, just added The Daily Show's former showrunner. Rory Albanese will be an executive producer on Minority Report, which is set to launch in January 2015 after Colbert Report concludes its nine-year run in December so that Stephen Colbert can take over for David Letterman. Minority Report was created by Jon Stewart and will be EP'd by Albanese, Stewart, and Wilmore. Albanese spent 14 years on The Daily Show, starting as a production assistant in 1999 and rising through the ranks to executive producer/showrunner, a position he left last fall.

The Minority Report is currently in the early [...]

Dan Harmon Is Watching 'Community' Season 4 This Weekend and Promises "Not to Be a Jerk About It"

Community creator Dan Harmon is in the process of negotiating a deal to return to the series as showrunner next season, and he told E! News that he's planning on getting caught up on the fourth season, which he hasn't seen yet, in a binge-watching session this Sunday. "I'm just going to sit by myself, pop some popcorn and watch it," Harmon says. "I'm not going to be a jerk about it. I know there were some great writers working on that show who bled with me for seasons one, two and three … the worst thing I can do is fart in their direction at all."


"50 Power Showrunners" List Includes Louis C.K., Seth MacFarlane, Lena Dunham, and More

The Hollywood Reporter put out a list today of “50 Power Showrunners,” the leading writer-producers in TV. Here’s the full roster of comedy showrunners who made the list:

Salim and Mara Brock Akil –The Game (BET) Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm, Kyle Newachek and Kevin Etten – Workaholics (Comedy Central) Carter Bays and Craig Thomas – How I Met Your Mother (CBS) David Caspe, Jonathan Groff and Josh Bycel – Happy Endings (ABC) Louis C.K. – Louie (FX) David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik – Episodes (Showtime) Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner – Girls (HBO) Greg Garcia – Raising Hope (Fox) Bruce Helford – Anger Management (FX) [...]