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

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