Small Screen's Biggest Brains

Family Guy creator MacFarlane, ubiquitous Fey top list of TV smarties
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Dec 6, 2008 3:49 PM CST
Producer-director Tyler Perry is fourth on Entertainment Weekly's list.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It may be dubbed the "idiot box," but there are some bright bulbs behind TV's smartest shows and network deals. After polling Hollywood insiders, Entertainment Weekly lists the top 25 smarties:

  1. Seth MacFarlane, executive producer, Family Guy, American Dad.
  2. Tina Fey, executive producer, actress, 30 Rock.
  3. Nancy Tellem, president of CBS Paramount Network Entertainment Group.

  1. Tyler Perry, writer, actor, CEO Tyler Perry Studios.
  2. Gary Marsh, president, entertainment, Disney Channel.
  3. Oprah Winfrey, chairwoman, Harpo Productions.
  4. Lorne Michaels, executive producer, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock.
  5. Robert Greenblatt, president of entertainment, Showtime.
  6. Peter Roth, president, Warner Brothers Television.
  7. Jason Kilar, CEO, Hulu.
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