TV’s Busiest Showrunners

These individuals are so talented at multitasking and handling stress.

You simply can’t run two marathons at the same time — but some TV producers seem to have no problem running two or more shows simultaneously. These showrunners are making hay while the sun shines and they don’t care who knows it. Here are a few for whom cancellation really means sleep.

Shonda Rimes


The woman who holds the copyright on Thursday night television, Rimes is showrunner for long-running medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ as well as political thriller ‘Scandal.’ Oh, and don’t forget she’s added college mystery ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ (which should really be called ‘How to Get Away with Not Sleeping’).

Steven Moffat


The ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ showrunner juggles two of Britain’s biggest cultural icons. While ‘Sherlock’ only consists of three episodes a year, ‘Doctor Who’ can run anything up to 14, and the publicity involved is staggering. Who knows how he has managed to solve this mystery.

Kevin Williamson


The ‘Scream’ writer currently has two shows on the air, teen horror ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and serial killer drama ‘The Following.’ He split show-running duties between ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Secret Circle’ in the 2011-2012 season — and this all after his years on ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ He must look like the undead now.

Carlton Cuse


Cuse is fending off wormy vampires on one hand with ‘The Strain’ while fighting knives in the shower with A&E’s horror prequel ‘Bates Motel.’ Either way, he’s cornered the market on Halloween costume merchandising. He probably still spends a lot of his time answering questions about ‘Lost.’