Best in TV: Our Experts

ByABC News
June 29, 2012, 10:44 AM

— -- For our upcoming Best in TV special, ABC consulted a focus group of several dozen of the industry's leading actors, directors, producers and TV writers as well as other experts, including editors and staff from People magazine. They narrowed the fields in 15 categories -- such as Best TV Comedy and Best TV Mom -- to 10 nominees each. The members of the focus group include:

Tim Allen
Home Improvement, Last Man Standing

Stephen Bochco
Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Houser MD, NYPD Blue, Columbo

David Boreanaz
Bones, Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Mark Burnett
Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Shark Tank, The Voice

Cindy Chupak
Sex and the City, Modern Family, Coach, Men in Trees, Everybody Loves Raymond

Vince Gilligan
Breaking Bad, The X-Files

Leonard Goldberg
Blue Bloods, Charlie's Angels, T.J. Hooker, Hart to Hart, The Rookies

Valerie Harper
Rhoda, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Valerie's Family

Jon Hein
creator of and radio host

Judd Hirsch
Taxi, Dear John, Numb3rs

Karen Hornick
Clinical Associate Professor, NYU

Jason Katims
Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Boston Public, Roswell

Michelle and Robert King
The Good Wife, In Justice

Norman Lear
All in the Family, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Good Times, Fernwood Tonight

Steven Levitan
Modern Family, Back to You, Just Shoot Me, Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show, Wings

Warren Littlefield
Former President, NBC Entertainment

Chuck Lorre
Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly, Dharma and Greg, Cybill, Roseanne

Eric McCormack
Will and Grace

Gavin Polone
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jane By Design, My Boys, Gilmore Girls

Shonda Rhimes
Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice

Bob Saget
Full House, How I Met Your Mother, America's Funniest Home Videos

David Schwimmer

Neal Shapiro
President, Thirteen/WNET, Former president, NBC News

Jimmy Smits
The West Wing, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law

Jamie Tarses
Former president, NBC Entertainment; Former president, ABC Entertainment

From People magazine:

Larry Hackett, Managing Editor
Peter Castro
Kate Coyne
Jen Garcia
Jason Lynch
Tom Gliatto