6 show-runners who've made their mark in TV

December 11, 2014 12:05 AM

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— Just the mention of the mantra "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" makes a "Friday Night Lights" fan gush. Thank Jason Katims for that. He was the head writer and executive producer of the TV series that aired for five seasons until 2011. The show famously struggled in ratings but its fan base remains strong, loyal and devoted. Katims went on to helm another drama (and tearjerker), NBC's "Parenthood," which will air its series finale next year.

— Amy Sherman-Palladino created the mother-daughter dramedy "Gilmore Girls" starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in 2000. She's known for snappy writing, lots of dialogue and pop culture references. Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel (who also served as a producer, director and writer) lef...

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