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Femme Critic's Fall Network TV Preview

Updated: Sep 14, 2018

Check out our list of network TV shows with female creators and/or show-runners...

Did some quick research and number-crunching to find out how many women creators and/or executive producers are associated with one of the 74 comedy or drama series airing on the major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, FOX) this Fall. And the answer was: Not Enough.

Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna
Crazy Ex-GF Co-Creators Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna

BTW, the creator is the person credited with writing the script for the pilot, which establishes the world of the show, and the show-runner, or executive producer, is the capo de capo charged with bringing it to life, overseeing every aspect of production. Often, these people are one in the same, and they wield the majority of power on a series. Needless to say, these are not easy positions to attain. So please support these talented ladies by tuning into their shows...

Murphy Brown cast with Creator/EP Diane English
Murphy Brown cast with Creator/EP Diane English

2018 Female Creators / Show-Runners:

Ali Adler (co-creator): Supergirl (CW)

Aseem Batra (co-exec produced by Amy Poehler): I Feel Bad (NBC)

April Blair: All-American (CW)

Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna: My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)

Mara Brock Akil (co-creator/show-runner): Black Lightning (CW)

Ilene Chaiken (show-runner only): Empire (Fox)

Sarah Dunn: American Housewife (ABC)

Diane English: Murphy Brown (CBS)

Barbara Hall : Madam Secretary (CBS)

Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore: The Resident (Fox)

Emily Kapnek: Splitting Up Together (ABC)

Stacy McKee (with Shonda Rhimes): Station 19 (ABC)

Elizabeth Meriwether and J.J. Philbin: Single Parents (ABC)

Monica Owusu-Breen: Midnight, Texas (NBC)

Julie Plec: Legacies (CW)

Shonda Rhimes: Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Stephanie Savage, Sallie Patrick: Dynasty (CW)

Jessica O'Toole, Amy Rardin and Jennie Snyder Urman: Charmed (CW)

As you'll see above, there are just 20 scripted series that fall under this category. Names you'll probably recognize include #ShondaRhimes, who's responsible for the entire Thursday night lineup on ABC, and #JuliePlec, who heads up Legacies on the CW, following the success of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals on that network as well. In fact, #TheCW comes out way in front in terms of female creators and show-runners, with seven out of their 12 series helmed by women. #ABC comes in second with six female EPs. NBC, CBS and FOX each only have two.

Also, along with Rhimes, the women of color on the list include Aseem Batra, Mara Brock Akil and Monica Owusu-Breen.

Shonda Rhimes

This list is limited to network series only, and may be incomplete. Please let us know if you believe we've missed anyone. And here's an infographic to share.

Female Network TV Creators 2018