Top 5 Writers/Creators Currently On Television

Alan Ball, True Blood

The debate was fierce in TV Overmind back offices but I managed to come out with a list of the Top 5 Writers/Creators Currently On Television. The stringent criteria were three-fold and eliminated several contenders.

Qualification #1 – The writer/creator must have had more than one hit, which knocked Marc Cherry of "Desperate Housewives" and "Supernatural"s Eric Kripke out of the running.

Qualification #2 – The shows must be original entities and not spin-offs. Sorry Shonda Rhimes of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice", and Russell T. Davies of "Doctor Who", "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures".

Qualification #3 – They must currently have a series on the air. David E. Kelley's "Boston Legal" ended in 2008, so his vast legacy, which includes "Picket Fences", "Ally McBeal", and "The Practice", doesn't get a shot. And Aaron Sorkin ("Sports Night", "The West Wing", and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is also between projects.
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