After the votes were counted, Bryan Fuller is your Favorite Showrunner … and by a pretty wide margin.
Of course, you could claim that Fuller is deserving of this award just by creating an arresting, visually-stunning series for three years on NBC. We decided long ago, though, that we’re not basing this award solely on the quality of the show. Instead, it has just as much to do with what the showrunner is willing to do to make the fans feel like a part of the community, and you can argue that Fuller did more than anyone. His behind-the-scenes posts were frequent, his interactions with fans are consistent, and his episode live-tweets may be the stuff of legend. He’s one of the only people we’ve seen in his profession who turn a live-tweeting session into almost a second-screen experience.
If there is any justice in this world, Bryan will get a chance to make more somewhere else in the future.
As for who Fuller defeated, we saw such worthy showrunners as John Wirth (“Hell on Wheels”) and Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars”) also accumulate many votes. In the end, what we’re the happiest about here is that this award continues to draw so much attention, since there are few others out there who recognize the showrunner’s individual talent. Sure, these are people who tend to give the acceptance speeches anytime a show wins a Series award at the Emmys or the Golden Globes, but they tend to be overshadowed sometimes. Maybe they prefer it to be so out of humility, but they deserve their separate moment in the sun.
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