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JUDGING AMY WRITING STAFF 2001

 

Even though I am, admittedly, not objective, I think we have the best staff on network television.  (I'd have to put an asterisk by The Sopranos if I included cable.  David Chase is a genius and he has the best staff on television.)  Here are our writers:

Executive Producer and Creator:  Barbara Hall (Credits:  Chicago Hope -- Executive Producer; Northern Exposure -- Executive Producer; I'll Fly Away -- Co-Executive Producer; Moonlighting -- Supervising Producer)

Co-Executive Producer:  Hart Hanson (Credits:  Cupid -- Producer; Snoops -- Executive Producer; many credits and awards in Canadian television)

Consulting Producer:  Karen Hall (Credits:  M*A*S*H -- Executive Story Editor; Hill Street Blues -- Executive Story Editor; Moonlighting -- Supervising Producer; various episodes; movies and mini-series)

Consulting Producer:  Joseph Dougherty (Credits:  Many, most notably writer/producer for Thirtysomething, for which he won an Emmy and created the brilliant character Miles Drintel.)

Executive Story Editor:  Lyla Oliver.  Lyla is a wonderful writer who has worked on comedy staffs for years, but this is her first one-hour gig.  She wrote one of our best episodes last year -- the one where we met Carol's tap-dancing mother.  

Executive Story Editor:  Randall Caldwell.  Frankly, I don't know where we found Randall.  I'll have to get back to you on that.  He grew up in Arkansas and therefore has wonderful childhood and family stories.  He wrote my favorite speech from the first season of the show, which I'll post here when I have the energy to search for it.

Story Editor:  Paul Guyot -- A new writer whose credits include the UPN show Level Nine , the David Kelley show Snoops, and Felicity.  Aside from a pregnant wife, Paul's claim-t0-fame is that he is perhaps the only Nascar fan in show business.  Unless I count.  (I'm a fan mostly because it's the only way I get to spend Sunday afternoons with my husband.)

Story Editor:  Dawn Comer Jefferson  -- Another new writer.  It's her first staff job, but she was nominated for an Emmy for a children's show called "My Friend Martin" and she has worked as a freelance journalist.  She has a nine-month old daughter and her husband is a rocket scientist.  Really.

Note:  We just lost last season's Co-Executive Producers Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich because they have created a new show called The Education of Max Bickford, which will air this fall on CBS on Sunday nights at 8 p.m., right after "60 Minutes."  The series is about a college history professor and stars Oscar winners Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden.  We will miss Dawn and Nicole tremendously at Judging Amy -- especially at lunch -- but we're very proud of them and wish them great success!  Please watch their show!