Magazine article Variety

Showrunners Try out a Host of Roles

Magazine article Variety

Showrunners Try out a Host of Roles

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Stardust has fallen on showrunners. A-listers like Shonda Rhitnes, Vince Gilligan, Ryan Murphy, Carlton Cuse and Kurt Sutter have become celebrities in their own right thanks to the emergence of superfans of all things TV. Larry David ranks as the trailblazer of the trend with his transition from "Seinfeld" boss to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star. But the new batch of showrunner-fronted shows is sure giving plenty of hard-working exec producers inspiration. Veteran comedy writer Ken Levine recently did a stretch as a host for TCM. He let it be known via his By Ken Levine blog that he's ready to take meetings. "I could host a talk show, a game show ... debate politicians and idiots ... or do whatever it is that Kelly Ripa does," Levine quipped. Here are a few more showrunners who are breaking the fourth wall and getting their own shows. CYNTHIA LITTLETON

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DAN HARMON

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Host of "Great Minds," a pilot for IFC that features comedians playing historical figures; star of "HarmonQuest," a 10-episode series order from NBCUniversal's Seeso comedy streaming service featuring Harmon and friends in a "Dungeons & Dragons"-esque fantasy. …

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