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:
Producer and Creator: Barbara Hall (Credits: Chicago
Hope -- Executive Producer; Northern Exposure -- Executive
Producer; I'll Fly Away -- Co-Executive Producer; Moonlighting
-- Supervising Producer)
Producer: Hart Hanson (Credits: Cupid -- Producer; Snoops
-- Executive Producer; many credits and awards in Canadian television)
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)
Producer: Joseph Dougherty (Credits: Many, most notably
writer/producer for Thirtysomething, for which he won an Emmy and
created the brilliant character Miles Drintel.)
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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!